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Local food, new gift shop coming to the ballpark

CraftThe Bisons held their annual "What's New at the Ballpark" media session Thursday afternoon at Pettibones' Grille and they've increased their local food initiative they started last season.  The hot dogs are going to now be Sahlen's, a Buffalo staple. Charlie The Butcher will serve roast beef on weck, Wardynski will offer Italian and chicken sausage, and Consumers Beverage (right) will increase Coca-Cola Field's craft brew offerings.

Based on what I saw today, bring your appetite for the 25th anniversary season downtown.

"Food has always been a huge part of what we've tried to do with the ballpark experience the last 24 years," said general manager Mike Buczkowski. "And I think it's natural if we're all about Buffalo that we try to incorporate the great array of foods that we have."

The team has also unveiled some new entrees for Pettibones. They include "Buffalo Jumbalaya" with chorizo and chicken, pork loin strip steak and stuffed chicken breast with spinach and provolone.

MerchAfter all that, if you still fit in your clothes, the team announced today an expansion of its merchandising department that will allow more fans to purchase products with the 25th anniversary logo and the logo for the Triple-A All-Star Game (left).

The Bisons will return their Batter's Box gift shop on the third-base side but will open a second gift shop -- 50 percent larger than the original -- on the first-base side.

"When this ballpark was built, there wasn't yet the big boon of minor-league baseball merchandise,' Buczkowski said. "Having another full-service gift shop  is a big change here."

The home schedule opens April 11 against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, with the season opening April 5 in Pawtucket.  The team's promotional schedule, as always, is chock full of giveaways and the complete list is available at this link.

---Mike Harrington

Photos by John Hickey/Buffalo News: Consumers Beverage VP Jim Kavanaugh with his offerings (top right) and some of the Bisons' new merchandise choices (bottom left)

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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