By Mike Harrington
We're exactly one week away from the Buffalo Bisons' home and season opener in Coca-Cola Field, the April 3 matchup with the Rochester Red Wings that is scheduled for a 2:05 first pitch.
The team seems to be getting a break on the weather. The long-range forecast looks palatable for the opener, with a high of 48 currently listed for next Thursday and only a 30 percent chance of rain.
The team's equipment truck is scheduled to arrive from the Blue Jays' spring home in Dunedin, Fla., on Monday and the first workout in Buffalo under new manager Gary Allenson is Tuesday afternoon. The team will also workout Wednesday afternoon. The sessions are not open to the public.
Starting Wednesday night at 9 p.m. and stretching until Thursday morning at 1 a.m, the Peace Bridge will be illuminated to celebrate the return of baseball to the region and the binational partnership between the Bisons and Blue Jays. The lights will alternate between Bisons red and Blue Jays blue.
This is the second straight year the Peace Bridge has been lit in support of the Bisons/Blue Jays partnership. The Peace Bridge Authority and Bisons will once again work together on a number of promotional and marketing ventures to promote cross-border travel to Coca-Cola Field.