This ballpark was in many ways... a reward and a thank you to the citizens of Buffalo and their players... for supporting the franchise through the many jumps and hurdles that it took to be a "Bisons fan" since 1960. Buffalo's former 1960's mayor took their long time and quite beloved baseball park away (Offerman Stadium) where the Bisons had played since 1889 and moved the baseball team to the Buffalo Bills' old Works Progress Administration football stadium called War Memorial Stadium aka The Rockpile (so that he could build a high school on the Bisons' old stadium property). That move brought more turmoil and tribulation to the fans and the team until they lost nearly every fan and finally for nearly a decade... the entire Bisons franchise.