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Weather causes Bisons to push Opening Day to Saturday

Opening Day will have to wait.

The Buffalo Bisons announced on Wednesday that they are postponing both Thursday and Friday's games after weather forecasts have heavy rain and wind in the area.

The Bisons will have Opening Weekend, beginning with a 1:05 first pitch Saturday against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders with the teams playing a doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 12:35 p.m.

"It’s never an easy decision to postpone Opening Day, but the consistent forecast for an extended period of substantial rain and snow prevents us from guaranteeing a safe playing environment for our players as well as an enjoyable experience for our great fans," Bisons General Manager Mike Buczkowski. "Postponing these two games today gives us the ability to provide our fans, our team and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders the most notice to prepare for the start of another exciting season of baseball at Coca-Cola Field on Saturday, April 8."

This is the first Opening Day postponement at Coca-Cola Field since 2007 when the entire season-opening four-game series against Richmond from April 5-8 was wiped out due to snow. The last rainout of the home opener was 2005, also against Richmond.

The home opener was postponed three other times: 1998 (rain), 1995 (snow) and 1992 (rain). All of those were played the next day.

Fans holding tickets to either Thursday’s or Friday’s game can exchange them for a comparable ticket to any future 2017 Bisons game. All ticket exchanges must be made at the Coca-Cola Field Box Office. Please note that these exchanges do not have to be made over the next two days. Fans with tickets can exchange them throughout the remainder of the 2017 season.

For fans who purchased the Bisons’ 30th Season $30 April Pack, tickets for Thursday and Friday can be exchanged for any April or May ticket.

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