Photograph © Bob Gaver
It finally seemed in 1946... now 9 years after Grover Cleveland aka Roesch aka Civic Stadium aka War Memorial Stadium aka the Rockpile had made its debut, that it was finally built for a reason. The new All-America Football Conference had begun and their new franchise called the "Buffalo Bisons" took the field. The owners however named the team the "Bisons" only to get the new franchise underway. They realized that the Bisons were already an existing and very successful baseball franchise dating back to the early 1870's. The football team needed its own identity. Throughout the season fans were alerted not to get used to the "Buffalo Bisons" trademark as the moniker of this team would change permanently the following season. A contest was held and the team was renamed the following season (1947) as ... the Buffalo Bills.