Bisons make temporary relocation official: ‘Home opener’ May 4 will be in Trenton

The Bisons warm up prior to a 2019 game in Sahlen Field. The team will start this season in Trenton, N.J.

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Mike Harrington

The Buffalo Bisons will hear “Play Ball!” 392 miles away from home starting next month.

With heavy construction underway at Sahlen Field in advance of another season of Toronto Blue Jays games in Buffalo, MLB is working on a plan to move the Bisons at least temporarily to Trenton, N.J.

The Herd firmed up details of its temporary relocation Friday morning, confirming what The Buffalo News reported on Thursday: While Sahlen Field undergoes renovations in advance of another summer visit by the parent Toronto Blue Jays, the Bisons will start their Triple-A season in Trenton, N.J. Opening Day will be May 4 at  7 p.m. against the Worcester Red Sox.

The currently unnamed ballpark of the Trenton Thunder will be the host of the Bisons for the forseeable future as work is done on Sahlen Field to prepare for Blue Jays games that could start as soon as June 1. It will not be possible for the Bisons to play games while renovations are taking place in the ballpark, and MLB Covid-19 protocols prevent the Bisons and Blue Jays from sharing the facility.

“With the continued uncertainty around cross-border travel, and the longstanding partnership between the Bisons and Blue Jays, the clubs have undertaken a jointly funded renovation to prepare Sahlen Field…

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