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All-Star game proving to be a hot ticket

Tickets for the Triple-A All-Star Game are starting to move at a good clip, as the Buffalo Bisons announced Friday more than 11,000 have been sold for the July 11 showcase event and more than 9,000 have been sold for the Triple-A Home Run Derby on July 9.

All party areas and luxury suites have also been sold for both events. The Triple-A All-Star Gala July 10 at Shea's Buffalo and the All-Star Luncheon July 11 at the Adam's Mark are both sold out.

The Bisons' other key announcement Friday included the first set of names for the Celebrity Home Run Derby that will be held between rounds of the Triple-A version.

The derby will start at 7 p.m. on July 9 and will feature three sluggers from the Pacific Coast League and three from the International League. Between rounds, the celebrity derby will take place.

There are more spots to fill in that lineup but confirmed Friday were Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly as will current Bills running back Fred Jackson and CEO Russ Brandon, a St. John Fisher College Hall of Famer in baseball.

New England Patriots tight end and Williamsville native Rob Gronkowski is on the list, and so is Buffalo native and Hollywood writer/actor Nick Bakay. The Famous Chicken will also appear.

Tickets for the game are $25 and for the home run derby are $15. They can be purchased at the ballpark, at or by calling THE-HERD (716-843-4373). Fans can get both events in a package for $35 or can save $5 per ticket on either event by hosting a group outing of 20 or more people.

There are also limited spots remaining for an all-you-can-eat pavilion for the home run derby ($30). Fans who already have derby tickets can upgrade for $20. These spots can only be ordered by calling THE-HERD.