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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

FAN GUIDE: Bisons Star Wars Night

All WNY News     Tuesday, May 30, 2017    



STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- Saturday night in a ballpark not far, far away…
One of the Bisons' signature events is back and bigger than ever! Star Wars Night Episode X, presented by Alfred State College, is this Saturday as the Bisons host the Charlotte Knights.
First pitch is at 6:05 p.m., but as they saying goes….if you're on time, you're late! We're opening the ballpark early at 4:00 p.m. and as any Jedi Master knows, there is plenty to see and do even before the Bisons take the field. With more characters than ever before
From the debut of Jabba the Hutt to where you can pick up your laser swords, here's everything you need to know to enjoy our 10th episode of Star Wars Night.
Tickets/4-Packs/Super Packs
Here's your last call!
There are only 1,500 TICKETS left for this year's event and they are going fast. CLICK HERE to get your seats while you still can. Remember, you SAVE $2.00 on every ticket you buy in advance of game day, and the chances of getting a ticket on Saturday are about as good as being able to shoot a womp rat with a T-16.
If you're looking for the Bisons Star Wars Night 4-Pack, those are as gone as Alderaan!

First Pitch/Gates/Will Call
Note that the Bisons have a special first pitch time of 6:05 p.m. for the start of the gates. Gates will open 2 HOURS EARLY at 4:00 p.m.! We cannot stress enough that if you want to enjoy all that Star Wars Night has to offer, get to the ballpark early.
Also remember that along with the main ballpark Inspire Dental gate at Swan St., the ballpark's Oak St. Gate, Seneca St. Gate and the Pettibones Grille Entrance will all be open at 4 p.m.
***JEDI MIND TIP*** If you ordered your tickets online, you can pick them up at Will Call in advance of Saturday. The Coca-Cola Field Box is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. until the end of the game on Friday and starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Entering Ballpark/Security & Costumes
If this is your first visit to Coca-Cola Field this season, the team has adopted a new security policy this year with the addition of walkthrough metal detectors. You can CLICK HERE for a full description of the policy.
Because of the anticipated crowd on Saturday, fans are encouraged to plan for a few extra minutes to enter the ballpark.
We encourage all our fans to get into the spirit of Star Wars Night by wearing your favorite t-shirts, caps and apparel from the series. However, only official preapproved Star Wars Night performances are allowed to be in full costume and fans of any ages with full costumes or props guns will not be allowed into Coca-Cola Field. Plastic laser swords and lightsabers will be allowed in. 

Where do I get a laser sword?
A must-have keepsake on Star Wars Night is your very own Laser Sword. The Bisons will be selling laser swords at both gift shops. For those that purchased the Star Wars Night 4-Pack, we will once again have TWO LASER SWORD REDEMPTION CENTERS, at stand 121 on the 3rd base side and near section 122 on the 1st base side (extra laser swords can also be purchased at these locations).
A Laser Sword costs only $7 with proceeds to benefit Compass House.

I bought a 4-Pack. Where do I redeem my hot dog and Coca-Cola coupon?
Avoid lines at the concession stands and use the FOOD COUPON REDEMPTION CENTERS. You can get your hot dog and Coca-Cola in the concourse area near the section 106 behind home plate, section 119 on the third base side, 122 on the first base side and on the club level near section 213.
***JEDI MIND TIP*** There are also a great spot for fans looking to dine on these tradition ballpark favorites. Avoid lines at general concession stands and pick up your great-tasting Sahlen's Hot Dog and refreshing Coca-Cola soft drink at a redemption center.

Where will Jabba be (and other characters)?
Well, he's larger than life, so you're not going to be able to miss him!!!
Making his Star Wars Night debut, Jabba the Hutt will be located by section 106 behind home plate. Stop by and get your picture taken with the Tatooine gangster himself starting right at 4:00 p.m. If Jabba isn't your cup of Jawa Juice, don't worry as there will be a Star Wars Night record 75 additional characters throughout Coca-Cola Field! Please note that in order to prepare for the post-game show, pictures will end after the 6th inning.
***JEDI MIND TIP*** There will also be characters and photo stations available on the ballpark's club level. Beat the lines and still get to see some of your favorite characters by heading upstairs!


Jersey Auction/Lightsaber Raffle
Since he's going to be here "in person" he's taking over the jerseys! Jabba the Hutt and his palace on Tatooine tie the night together like never before. Jerseys tops will be autographed by each player as soon as they come off the field after the game.
Some are even being auctioned off RIGHT NOW!! CLICK HERE to see the online auction available until May 31st. But don't worry if you miss out, there will be a JERSEY RAFFLE of at least 15 additional GAME WORN and AUTOGRAPHED Bisons Star Wars Night jerseys (number is dependent on the number of players on the team that night).
Raffle tickets will be sold with all proceeds to benefit Compass House. Purchase your raffle tickets (one for $10 or three for $20) at Section 104, or see the Compass House Volunteers roaming the ballpark.
***JEDI MIND TIP*** Go with the '3 raffle tickets for $20' option. Not only to save some money on the raffle tickets, you get entered in a bonus raffle to win a Lighsaber, donated by The North Ridge! 

Star Wars Night Storyline & In-between Innings Video - Convergence a Star Wars Night Story…who is good and who is evil?
Last year we found out that R2-D2 has been infiltrated by the Sith and now are watching every move the Jedi make. Former Jedi Master Quinlan Vos continues to work with Count Dooku and the Sith but has he really turned to the Dark Side? Or will his true intension be revealed. General Leia Organa has rallied her best Resistance Fighters led by Obi-Wan Kenobi to rescue their comrades and halt the Empire's efforts to control the strong gathering of The Force that happens every year at Coca-Cola Field.
***JEDI MIND TIP*** The videos on the Bisons TV HD scoreboard start in the top of the 5th inning. Make sure you are in your seat in time to catch all the action!

For more information, fans can call THE-HERD at 716-843-4373.

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