By Mike Harrington
The Bisons open a four-game series tonight in Charlotte and it will be their first look at BB&T Ballpark, the gleaming 10,000-seat facility that is the talk of the International League in the first month of the season. The Charlotte Knights used to play across the border in Fort Mill, SOUTH Carolina and were at the bottom of the IL attendance charts.
Not any more. They enter tonight's game No. 1 in the league, averaging 9,483 for 15 openings. (The Bisons are seventh at 5,493).
On the field, Charlotte is just 12-21 and lost four straight to the Bisons last week in Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons (18-13) remain in a virtual tie for first in the IL North but lost the final three games of their series in Gwinnett.
Ricky Romero makes his sixth start of the season tonight for Buffalo. He remains without a decision in his first five, while compiling a 4.88 ERA. Romero allowed a season-high five runs over four innings in a no-decision to the Knights last Saturday, in a game the Bisons rallied to win in the ninth, 6-5.
As for the picture above, that's one incredible view of downtown Charlotte. Why didn't Buffalo build its park like that to face downtown and not the expressway? It's all based on the size of the stadium lot, the position of the sun and the shadows caused by the old HSBC Tower. Unfortunately, they pretty much built it the only way they really could.
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