Weekly Feature



2016-07-20 / Lifestyles

Bisons prepare for STAR WARS NIGHT

The second half of the season is under way for the Buffalo Bisons, and with it comes an array of exciting promotional events.

A fan favorite is the ninth annual Star Wars Night, which will take place at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday, July 23.

The event gives fans a chance to dress up as their favorite “Star Wars” characters and watch a re-enactment and fireworks show after the conclusion of the game.

Brad Bisbing, the director of public relations, described the promotional event and how it has evolved over the years.

“It started out as just an average Friday Night Bash, and now it has become something so much bigger,” he said.

The event has sold out in the past couple of years, but right now, there are fewer than 2,000 individual tickets available and no more four-packs. Bisbing explains that there is no rest when it comes to preparing for Star Wars Night.


A group of young “Star Wars” fans show off their lightsabers before the start of last year’s Star Wars Night. Saturday, July 23, marks the ninth year of this event. A group of young “Star Wars” fans show off their lightsabers before the start of last year’s Star Wars Night. Saturday, July 23, marks the ninth year of this event. “We will start planning for the next Star Wars Night just a few days after this one is over,” Bisbing said.

The actors and actresses who will be performing on the field are from the North Ridge Character Group. They have been part of all nine Star Wars Nights for the Buffalo Bisons.

This is the seventh year that the Bisons will be wearing customized jerseys to fit the “Star Wars” theme. This year, it is a special all-black Darth Vader jersey. Along with that, the themes during the post-game performance are re-enacted movie scenes, according to Bisbing.

“I think this event has been so successful because of the generational nature to it,” he said. “Now people are bringing their children, and that next generation is into it.”


Coca-Cola field saw many “Star Wars” characters in the ballpark last year including this Clone Trooper who is looking for a souvenir baseball. Coca-Cola field saw many “Star Wars” characters in the ballpark last year including this Clone Trooper who is looking for a souvenir baseball. Every year, the Bisons auction off memorabilia from the event, and all proceeds go to the Compass House of Buffalo, a not-for-profit shelter resource center for the homeless.

Along with Star Wars Night, there are many other events coming up for the final few months of the baseball calendar.

Sunday, July 24, is a special autograph opportunity for fans to go onto the field and get items signed by coaches and players before the game.

The following Sunday, July 31, is the Pirate/ Princess Day. It is an event for the children as they will be able to meet the different characters and take photos with them.

On Friday, July 29, the Bisons will host Family Campout Night after the game. Families bring their camping tents and gather in the outfield for a night at Coca-Cola Field. There will be movie that plays on the scoreboard for those who attend.

Wednesday, Aug. 10, is the Aaron Sanchez bobblehead night. Sanchez, who was previously with the Bisons, now pitches for the Major League affiliate, Toronto Blue Jays, and made the All-Star team in just his first full big league season.

“Our four-year partnership with the Blue Jays has been great,” Bisbing said. “This is a great way to recognize former Bisons for their accomplishments.”

Coming up at the end of August is the third annual Superhero Night on Saturday, Aug. 27. A lot like Star Wars Night, this promotional event allows the crowd to dress up, only this time as their favorite superhero.

There will be a storyline that will take place on the scoreboard between innings, which will conclude with an on-the-field battle after the game between the superheroes and villains.

The final promotional event of the

2016 baseball season will take place in the Bisons final home game on Thursday, Sept. 1. Fan Appreciation Night is an opportunity to thank the fans for their continued support throughout the season, with many special giveaways during the game.

The night will conclude with one of the largest fireworks shows of the year.

Weekly events include the fireworks shows held at every Friday home game; Sundays, when children get the chance to run the bases after the game; and Markdown Mondays, where popcorn and ice cream cost only $1 each.

For more information regarding these or any other events left in the 2016 season, go to www.bisons.com.

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