The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, today announced their Opening Day festivities at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons begin the 124th season of professional baseball in Buffalo on Thursday, April 9 against the Pawtucket Red Sox at 3:05 p.m.
"There's always something special about the start of the new baseball season each year," said Mike Buczkowski, Vice President/General Manager of the Buffalo Bisons. "With all the excitement of our new affiliation and off-season changes, this year's Opening Day at Coca-Cola Field has an unparalleled level of anticipation."
During to the game, one lucky fan will receive a FREE Trip to New York for Four, which will include Airfare, Hotel and Tickets to the New York Mets game against Tampa Bay on June 20 AND June 21.
All Fans will receive a 2009 Bisons Magnetic Schedule, presented by Famous Dave's BBQ, upon entering the gates (open at 2:00 p.m.). Pre-game festivities will include military tributes, with the Presentation of Colors by the Niagara Falls Air Force Base 914th. Sports Illustrated's 2008 Kid of the Year Derek Andrews of Clarence will be honored. The Bisons Big Board will feature a video tribute to the Bisons new major league parent club, the New York Mets. The loveable mascot Mr. Met will be present as well as Mets front office personnel. Coca-Cola Bottling of Buffalo General Manager Peter Benzino will help welcome fans to Coca-Cola Field for the first time. Other ceremonial pitches scheduled include the Governor of New York, David Paterson, New York State Senator Charles Schumer, Mayor of the City of Buffalo, Byron W. Brown and Erie County Executive Chris Collins.
Pre-Game Opening Day Festivities (subject to change)
All Gates open at 2:00 p.m.
2009 Bisons Magnetic Schedules, presented by Famous Dave's BBQ
2009 Bisons Big Board ~ Off-Season Recap
Team Introductions with Pyrotechnics
Presentation of Colors by the Niagara Falls Air Force Base 914th
National Anthem - Arin Lee Dandes
Ceremony First Pitches Scheduled
Coca-Cola Bottling of Buffalo GM - Peter Benzino
Governor of New York - David Paterson
New York State Senator - Charles Schumer
Buffalo Mayor - Byron W. Brown
Erie County Executive - Chris Collins
Bisons Take the Field
All Fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 2:30 p.m. to enjoy Opening Day Festivities