Bisons Replacing Seats at Coca-Cola Field in Private-Public Partnership
(WBEN) -- The Buffalo Bisons are replacing seats at Coca-Cola Field, making 3,700 around home plate more spacious with three extra inches.
In partnership with the City of Buffalo, the $758,000 project is slated to be started as soon as this season ends. Organization officials say this is the start of more to come to improve fan experience.
"We are very excited about this," Jonathan Dandes, President of Rich Baseball Operations said at the Friday press conference, "because this replacement is the beginning of the overhaul of what Coca-Cola Field is all about."
"The team has retained what we always called HOK, now called Populous, which were the original architects of what had been Pilot Field," Dandes said. "They'll come in, take a new look at the building and give us the best idea of what the state of the art is relative to ballparks across the country."
It's part of an ongoing private-public partnership with the City of Buffalo. Dandes said the franchise has "no bigger fan, no bigger supporter than Mayor Brown and his administration."
"They have stepped up once again to assist us and guide us in making the fan experience here at Coca-Cola Field the best in the United States."
The city contributed $300,000 to the ballpark last year to install a state-of-the-art sound system. Mayor Byron Brown says this is a solid relationship.
"The city is so excited to be a part of this partnership," he said. "Bison baseball is a great family-friendly baseball experience right in the heart of downtown and brings thousands of people from across our region and internationally into downtown Buffalo."
The current seats came with the original 1988 stadium and officials say they are beyond their life expectancy.