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Thruway Cup

Thruway Cup
Thruway Cup

Each year, the International League's closest rivals compete for bragging rights of more than just position in the IL's North Division. Since 1998, the Thruway Cup Series has pitted the Buffalo Bisons, Rochester Red Wings and Syracuse Chiefs in a battle for the highway that connects them all together.

The three teams are separated by just 150 miles, and through the years have competed in some of the most memorable games in the history of the International League. The three clubs are also the most tenured teams in the IL, each with 100 seasons under their belts.

Since the inception of the competition, the Buffalo Bisons have enjoyed most of the bragging rights. With eight victories, including a win in 2013, the Bisons have as many wins as the two other teams combined (Rochester 5, Syracuse 3).

Thruway Cup

Championship Seasons
Buffalo Bisons 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013
Rochester Red Wings 1998, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009
Syracuse Chiefs 1999, 2010, 2011

Thruway Cup

Unique to this competition, it was agreed that any team winning the trophy three times would get to "retire" the cup and keep it as their own. Buffalo's back-to-back-to-back victories from 2000-2002 gave the team their first bit of hardware. After winning again in 2004 and 2006, the Bisons put together another victorious season in 2007, allowing them to make a permanent home for a second Thruway Cup trophy at Coca-Cola Field.

The third Thruway Cup was won by the Rochester Red Wings in 2008 and 2009, then the Chiefs in 2010 and 2011 and finally by the Bisons in 2012 and 2013. Whoever wins this year's battle gets to add some hardware to their ballpark's display cases!

THruway Cup Standings
Buffalo Bisons
Syracuse Chiefs
Rochester Red Wings

Thruway Cup Results

Date Game Result Date Game Result
April 3 Rochester at Bisons
BUF, 6-3
June 29 Bisons at Syracuse  
April 6 Bisons at Rochester   June 30 Bisons at Syracuse  
April 18 Rochester at Syracuse   July 1 Bisons at Syracuse  
April 19 Rochester at Syracuse   July 6(1) Bisons at Rochester  
April 20 Rochester at Syracuse   July 6(2) Bisons at Rochester  
April 21 Rochester at Syracuse   July 7 Bisons at Rochester  
May 26 Syracuse at Rochester   July 8 Bisons at Rochester  
May 27 Syracuse at Rochester   July 9 Bisons at Rochester  
May 28 Syracuse at Rochester   July 23 Syracuse at Bisons  
May 29 Syracuse at Rochester   July 24 Syracuse at Bisons  
May 30 Syracuse at Bisons   Aug. 15 Syracuse at Rochester  
May 31 Syracuse at Bisons   Aug. 16 Syracuse at Rochester  
June 1 Syracuse at Bisons   Aug. 17 Syracuse at Rochester  
June 2 Syracuse at Bisons   Aug. 18 Syracuse at Rochester  
June 7 Syracuse at Bisons   Aug. 19 Rochester at Bisons  
June 8 Syracuse at Bisons   Aug. 20 Rochester at Bisons  
June 9 Bisons at Syracuse   Aug. 21 Rochester at Syracuse  
June 10 Bisons at Syracuse   Aug. 22 Rochester at Syracuse  
June 20 Rochester at Bisons   Aug. 27 Rochester at Syracuse  
June 21(1) Rochester at Bisons   Aug. 28 Rochester at Syracuse  
June 21(2) Rochester at Bisons   Aug. 29 Bisons at Rochester  
June 22 Rochester at Bisons   Aug. 30 Bisons at Rochester  
June 23 Rochester at Bisons   Aug. 31 Bisons at Syracuse  
June 28 Bisons at Syracuse   Sept. 1 Bisons at Syracuse