Photograph Courtesy of Tim Mahoney
By the time the Bisons took the field, they would find that their backstop had been filled in with even more seats. The Buffalo Bills wanted capacity as high as possible and these were prime seating areas. The Bisons would have to play in what was the most "intimate space" in baseball with the closest backstop of any franchise. This also meant that LF was even closer and cheap Home Runs were going to be flying out of this stadium. It could all be worth it however. The newly rebuilt 46,000 seat War Memorial Stadium did meet the minimum requirements (35,000) of William A. Shea's new renegade "Continental League". If the Bisons could take the field in 1961 as a new "Major League Baseball franchise", it certainly would make the loss their beloved
Offerman Stadium a lot easier to bear.