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A new affiliation for the Buffalo Bisons has brought a new buzz to the downtown ballpark and, as expected, it’s opened the doors for some new promotions, snacks and experiences at Coca-Cola Field for the 2013 season.

The Herd begins its affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays hoping to create some synergy with fans of the parent club. The team will host “Blue Jays Night” with a Blue Jays cap giveaway July 13. Former Bison and current Toronto pitcher R.A. Dickey gets his own Bobble Head giveaway July 24.

One of the themed rental suites at the park has been made over into the Blue Jays Suite. Located behind home plate on the club level, the suite will feature Toronto Blue Jays colors and photos of former great Blue Jays players.

The concession stand highlight is the addition of poutine, a Canadian favorite that is a combination of gravy and cheese curds served over french fries. The dish will also be available at Pettibones Grille and through the catering center.

And speaking of Pettibones Grille, it has added the Pub at the Park, which will be open the entire game. The Pub will include nine flat screen televisions, a craft beer cooler and six new draft lines serving Flying Bison.

New to the Pettibones menu are items featuring Western New York food products: A Wardynski’s grilled buffalo-style sausage patty on a Constanzo’s “Buffalo Roll,” calamari fingers with Ilio DiPaolo’s marinara dipping sauce, mussels simmered in Flying Bison Lager and Sweet Melody’s gelato, made with Flying Bison specialty brews.

Throughout the ballpark, Constanzo’s will be the official sandwich roll. A wine cart, from which fans will be able to purchase wine and wine slushies, will debut across from Consumer’s Craft Beer Corner. There also will be an additional soft serve ice cream machine at the Upstate Farms concession stand.

While enjoying new treats, fans can stroll back in time to the new Hall of Fame Heritage Room located by Section 107 in the main concourse. The room will celebrate moments of the 128-year history of professional baseball in Buffalo including artifacts, memorabilia and individual plaques celebrating the 85 members of the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Bisons will also partner with the Buffalo Sports Museum to present exhibits throughout the 2013 season, featuring Luke Easter, Offermann Stadium and the filming of The Natural.

The popular fridaynightbash! returns along with the fridaynightbash! Happy Hour featuring Flying Bison craft brews. Starting May 3, gates will open at 5 p.m. with $2 Flying Bison and food specials from BW’s Barbeque from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Also returning are Markdown Mondays, which feature $7 advance tickets ($8 game day), and $1 ice cream cones and popcorn.

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