The Buffalo Bisons have announced game times for the 2012 season, their 127th season of professional baseball in Buffalo and their 25th year at Coca-Cola Field. The club will hold the 2012 Home Opener on Wednesday, April 11, at 2:05 p.m. against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
The club will use the customary 7:05 p.m. start time for most evening games after the first two homestands of the season. Most Sundays and weekday afternoon starts will have a 1:05 p.m. first pitch while a 6:05 p.m. first pitch will be used for various special event games.
Season tickets, all ticket packages and party areas are now on sale. Fans can purchase these packs online at Bisons.com or by calling THE-HERD (843-4373). Individual game tickets will not go on sale until March 2012.
An All-Star Game/HR Derby ticket package is also on currently available at Bisons.com. Individual tickets for both events will not go on sale until 2012.
The Bisons will no longer use a later 7:35 p.m. start time for their fridaynightbash! home games. After the season’s first fridaynightbash! on April 27 vs. Rochester (6:05 p.m.), all Friday home games will begin at 7:05 p.m. New in 2012, each fridaynightbash! will begin with “Bisons Happy Hour” as the Coca-Cola Field gates will be opened at 5 p.m. so fans can enjoy drink specials, watch batting practice and be entertained by various activities on the BisonsTV HD Board. Each fridaynightbash! will be accompanied by post-game fireworks.
After the first two homestands of the season, the Bisons will start at 6:05 p.m. for special event game. Special events already scheduled for the 2012 season include Star Wars Night on June 9, the 18th annual Independence Eve Celebration with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus on July 3, Bisons Home Run Derby night on Aug. 12, a Coca-Cola Field 25th Season Celebration on Aug. 25 and the team’s annual Fan Appreciation Night on Aug. 28.
After the Home Opener, the club will host their annual Kids Week with 1:05 p.m. games from April 12-15. Buffalo will host a 2:05 p.m. Memorial Day matinee on Monday, May 28. The Bisons annual School Kids Day with 10:35 a.m. first pitch is set for May 31 against Columbus.
The six games Bisons’ “road games” against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at Coca-Cola Field in 2012 will follow the team’s normal home game procedures. With that, the Bisons game against the Yankees on Friday, May 25, will be a fridaynightbash! with Bisons Happy Hour and post-game fireworks.