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NY, Buffalo - Buffalo Bisons 5th Annual Star Wars Night
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 11:56 pm    Post subject: NY, Buffalo - Buffalo Bisons 5th Annual Star Wars Night Reply with quote

We would be honored if you would join us!

What: Buffalo Bisons 5th Annual Star Wars Night
When: Saturday June 9, 2012
Time: Game time is 6pm. Additional times (rehearsal, arrival, etc) are listed below
Where: Coca Cola Field, Buffalo, NY

Here is a video clip highlighting the event over the last few years. Feel free to view before continuing to read http://youtu.be/gAoQdmnsKyk

The Buffalo Bisons (NY Mets Minor League baseball affiliate) are holding their annual Star Wars Night and are inviting costumed characters from the many costuming groups to help make the night special for the fans as well as raise money for the American Heart Association. This year's goal is $10,000 and we need your help. This event is the fastest growing promotion the team hosts and sells out each year. 16,000 people attend the game just to see the costumes and the show. The grounds crew got into it last year and mowed the Rebel insignia in the center field grass.

What to Expect
White armor is preferred by the team, but all costumes are welcome. There are already some face characters attending from local groups, but duplicates will be reviewed and considered.

Here is what is already planned for the event:
Multiple photo areas set up and wait lines controlled
Meet and greet areas
Various promotional appearances on the field as well as various locations throughout the ballpark
Darth Vader throws out the first pitch, accompanied by white armor
Darth Vader sings Take Me Out to the Ballgame during the 7th inning stretch
Pre-filmed video shorts that will be played during inning breaks that begin the evening's storyline, then end with an on-field choreographed skit after the game
Live and Silent auction for custom Star Wars themed team jerseys, t-shirts sales with the event logo, and mini lightsaber sales to benefit the American Heart Association
Sale of lightsabers and t-shirts with the custom logo

Costumer Amenities
All out of town costumers will have access to a hotel room for Friday and Saturday evening with the request of 4 troops per room. The hotel is a 2 minute drive from the ballpark. A post game dinner (pizza & wings) will be served at the hotel and as is tradition, beverages and laughter follow into the wee hours if you wish. Lunch will be served at the ballpark's restaurant on Saturday following a short rehearsal and walk through on the field. Parking is free and space to change in and out of costume is available. Snacks and beverages are provided during the game.

Post Game Choreographed Show
Following the game, a final video clip will play, and then the lights will go down for a moment while the participants get into position on the field. Choreographed duels will take place as well as mock battles between Jedi, Sith, and Imperial Troops. Anyone attending the event and appearing on the field is asked to attend the pre-game rehearsal on Saturday June 9 at approximately 11:00am (exact time subject to change). There are roles for everyone, but I stress the importance of the rehearsal. Participation from 501st and Rebel Legion members would be in a non-dueling capacity. Last year, troopers staged a stand off from escaping Jedi and several “captured” Jedi carried a prop of one of the team mascots frozen in carbonite.

If you are attending but do not wish to participate in the on-field, post game performance, you will need to arrive at the ballpark no later than 4pm and be ready for a group picture at 4:45pm. The gates will open at 5pm.

What do you need to do to attend?
Please let us know by May 31 if you plan to attend and if you need hotel space. The team needs a head count for the post game dinner as well as the number of rooms needed.

Please feel free to email bobachris12@yahoo.com with any questions you may have -

Thanks for taking the time to read this.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hope to have many of you there! It's always a huge event and the crowd is always excited for the costumed characters.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As I mentioned over at the ECG...this looks like fun! If anyone from the NYC area is carpooling up and has space, let me know.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rachel, it would be awesome if some of you could come up for this! Thumbs up
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2012 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're coming from NYC, there is also the option of the Megabus.

http://www.megabus.com/

Fares are usually pretty low if you book early, and the Buffalo bus station is only a few blocks from the ballpark as well.

(NOTE: There are two stops in Buffalo: "Buffalo" which is near the ballpark and "Buffalo Airport" which is not. Be sure to select the right one! Smile )
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2012 4:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to filming the cut-scenes today for this year's event...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2012 3:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know we mentioned the event to a few folks during the Strong Museum event this weekend, so I just wanted to give the thread a little *bump* Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looked at my calendar and it is clear for that weekend so I'm going to say that I'm in! which costume do you want?
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome! It'll be great to have you!

If you'd like to participate in the show at the end of the game, bring your Jedi costume for that.

If you'd like to dress as one of your Padmes for the game itself before the show, you're more than welcome to bring those too. We don't have any Padmes currently scheduled so you are welcome to pick whichever one(s) you'd like to wear. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Padme of Hidden Lake wrote:
Looked at my calendar and it is clear for that weekend so I'm going to say that I'm in! which costume do you want?


SUPER COOL !!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2012 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome! Sounds great! I did discover that I will have to leave ridiculously early Sunday morning, but this sounds like too much fun to pass up! And I will bring the Jedi and Tatooine Peasant.
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 2:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Awesome that you can make it!

Article on ESPN.com about Star Wars night in general:
http://espn.go.com/blog/playbook/fandom/post/_/id/1919/nerds-jocks-converge-at-star-wars-nights
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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been informed by our liaison at the Bisons that (with 3 weeks left to go) the team has already sold more presale tickets for the Star Wars Night event than they did last year.

Last year we had nearly 14,000 attendees to the game in total (the ballpark caps around 16,000). So we may be quickly approaching a sold out stadium!
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PostPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bryan, what is the deadline to lock in attendance and rooms for the event?
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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 12:23 am    Post subject: On hand Reply with quote

I'll be there as a Jedi.
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