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Despite spending most of their 125-plus-year history as a minor-league organization, the Bisons began play as a major-league club from 1879–85. All told, nearly 3,000 players and managers have donned the Bisons uniform, including 20 who have been immortalized in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Currently, the Bisons compete every summer for an International League title, as well as the Thruway Cup—a regional- and bragging rights–based trophy chased by the Bisons, the Rochester Red Wings, and the Syracuse Chiefs. The Bisons have done half of their competing since 1988 at Coca-Cola Field, which boasts the largest video board in the minors and an infield kept moist by hoses that spray water and not soda as the field’s name would suggest.

1 James D. Griffin Plaza
Buffalo,
NY
US

The staff at Spinner’s Rink dispatch rented roller-skates to feet of all ages and skating abilities so guests can jump, whirl, and boogie across the wooden floor. Packs of rolling revelers lap an oval track under technicolor lights during open skate sessions on Saturdays and Sundays and spin with all the grace of a gyroscope trapped in a blender. On Friday nights, kids ages 16 and younger can mingle in supervised skate and dance celebrations, and adults can skate until midnight on the first Friday of each month. After mastering their dodecatuple axels, skaters replenish themselves at the rink’s snack bar with hot dogs, pizza, and soda.

164 Orchard Park Rd
Buffalo,
NY
US

As the American Hockey League affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Marlies take to the ice with a roster of young skaters on their way to an NHL career. Named after a legendary (but since dissolved) Junior A team, the Toronto Marlboros, the Marlies have had their share of success since their move to the city in 2005, including a 2011–2012 campaign in which they captured the Western Conference title and nearly hoisted the league's hallowed Calder Cup. Crowds of up to 8,200 fans cheer the Marlies on from their home at Ricoh Coliseum, where team mascot Duke the Dog—his own name an homage to the Duke of Marlborough—dances in the stands.

100 Princes' Boulevard
Toronto,
ON
CA

The Hamilton Thunderbirds, a shining star in the 92-year-old Intercounty Baseball League's galaxy, electrify baseball fans with a slate of matches against teams sourced from all corners of Ontario. The Thunderbirds, led by batting ace Chris Piano, take on the league-leading Barrie Baycats on May 29 and the second-place Brantford Red Sox on June 26, seeking to best their vaunted opponents in fielding, pitching, hitting, and downward-facing-dog poses. TBird Family Day Packs provide nine innings' worth of diversion for two adults and two children at the recently renovated, 2,700-seat Bernie Arbour Memorial Stadium. While cheering on the diamond's denizens or practicing astral projection, groups can split four ballpark hot dogs and four drinks between them.

1100 Mohawk Road East
Hamilton,
ON
CA

• For $36, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Bronze ticket (a $45 value before fees, or up to a $50.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. (up to a $79.87 total value). • For $41, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Silver ticket (a $55 value before fees, or up to a $60.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. (up to an $89.87 total value). • For $36, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Bronze ticket (a $45 value before fees, or up to a $50.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m. (up to a $79.87 total value). • For $41, you get a Tiger-Cats hat (a $29.37 value, including HST) and a Silver ticket (a $55 value before fees, or up to a $60.50 value online, including all Ticketmaster fees) to see the Tiger-Cats vs. the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday, August 13, at 7 p.m. (up to an $89.87 total value).

75 Balsam Avenue North
Hamilton,
ON
CA

The American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, the Hamilton Bulldogs came into the AHL as tiny, puck-hungry puppies back in 1996. Over the next decade, the team quickly established itself as a dominant force, reaching the playoffs in eight of its first ten seasons. And it was during that tenth season that the Bulldogs reached maturity and shed their puppy skins, claiming the Calder Cup for the very first time in 2007.

Today, the team plays all of its home games at Copps Coliseum—known as the Dog Pound to diehard fans. The Coliseum is the home of team mascot Bruiser the Bulldog, who leads legions of red-and-blue-clad supporters to support the team with thunderous howls, menacing growls, and puppy-eyed pleas for food from the concession stand.

101 York Boulevard
Hamilton,
ON
CA