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Romero on the mound as Bisons open series in IL's newest park

Bisons broadcaster Ben Wagner (@BenWag247) tweeted this view of the vista at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte last night as he stopped in for the Knights' game against Lehigh Valley. The Bisons open a four-game series there tonight. (Click for a bigger view)

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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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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