Coca-Cola Field, home of the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons of the International League, was completed prior to the team's 1988 season. Still one of the largest parks in all of Minor League Baseball, the jewel of Downtown Buffalo continues to be the standard in the realm of sports stadiums. In 2012, the ballpark will feature the largest HD video board in all of minor league baseball. The new BisonsTV HD from Daktronics will measure 80ft by 33ft and add a new level of entertainment for Bisons fans. That, with the four-tiered Bully Hill Party Deck in right field, luxurious suites throughout the club level, in-stadium restaurant and expansive tent area in centerfield, Coca-Cola Field continues to be on the cutting edge of sports entertainment venues.
Coca-Cola Field - Vitals
Cost: $42 million for stadium itself ($56 million for stadium project)
Ground Breaking: July, 1986
Stadium Design: H.O.K. Architects of Kansas City, Missouri
Playing Surface: Natural Grass (Kentucky Blue Grass)
Dimensions: LF and RF -325ft., CF -404ft., LCF -371ft., RCF -367ft. (original dimensions of stadium were LF and RF -325ft., LCF and RCF -384ft., CF -410f., before being changed prior to the 1996 season).
Outfield Fence Height: 12ft in left field, 8ft. in left-center to right field.
Left Field Screen Height: 60ft
Seating Capacity: 18,025
Standing Room: 150
Location: One James D. Griffin Plaza, Buffalo, NY, 14203 (some GPS will still recognize by old address as 275 Washington St.).
Scoreboard: 80ft. x 33ft. THE LARGEST HD Board in Minor League baseball.
First Game: April 14, 1988 vs. Denver Zephyrs (Bisons won, 1-0)
First Pitch: Denver's Billy Bates swings and misses on a fastball from Bisons' pitcher Bob Patterson at 2:34 p.m.
First Hit: Jim Reboulet (Bisons) singled to left off Denver's Mark Knudson in the 1st inning.
First Home Run: Tom Prince (Bisons) solo home run off Denver's Mark Knudson in the 3rd inning.