News Release
 March 19, 2024
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Featuring NASA Scientists and Prizes That Are Out of This World

(Williamsville, NY) - As momentum builds for the highly anticipated Total Solar Eclipse taking place on Monday, April 8th, we invite the community to join Tops as we join forces with the Buffalo Bisons and NASA scientists to celebrate this once in a century event! Sahlen Field will be open for Western New Yorkers and visitors from around the world to experience the eclipse for FREE! Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis either at (where there is a $1 service charge), at the Sahlen Field box office, or at the select Tops Markets locations listed below. While this is a ticketed event, seats are general admission as the Bisons are positioning all guests in the best seats possible to view the eclipse. Once at the event, attendees will enjoy entertainment, education from NASA scientists, and prizes courtesy of Tops. NASA will also be distributing a limited number of solar eclipse glasses to the first 2,000 of guests. Glasses can also be purchased at most Tops locations for $1.99 with your BonusPlus Card. You’re not going to want to miss a moment of the action with gates opening at noon, on field demonstrations beginning at 12:45pm, live streaming on the 80 foot Bisons centerfield scoreboard from the NASA Space station, exciting Tops Monopoly Rip It, Win It, Reach for the Stars giveaways that are out of this world amazing, Tops gift cards and more! “We’re thrilled to not only be celebrating the Total Solar Eclipse with Western New York, but also the ongoing celebration of Tops Monopoly Rip, Win It, Reach for the Stars game going on now at all area Tops locations,” said Kathy Sautter, director corporate communications and public relations for Tops. “Guests who attend the event at Sahlen field will have a chance to win one of over 1,000 Tops Monopoly tickets that were literally launched into space! These tickets could contain our grand prize of $20,000 in free food and fuel from Tops, The Ultimate Trip to see the Northern Lights in Norway, a sky gazing weekend to the Planetarium in NYC, plus millions of other prizes and great money saving offers!”

“With Buffalo being in the direct path of totality, this will certainly go down as one of the most unique and memorable events we’ve ever been able to host at Sahlen Field. We’re extremely fortunate and thankful that NASA has partnered with us to come to Buffalo because there’s no one on this planet better suited to educate and guide us through this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Bisons general manager Anthony Sprague said. Joining us from NASA will be: • Timothy P. McClanahan: NASA Planetary Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center • Rich Burns: NASA Project Manager, Space Science Mission Operations Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center • Kelly Hyde: NASA Project Support Manager, Space Science Mission Operations Project at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center • Angela Stickle: NASA-funded Planetary Scientist, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laborator For more details, visit or The Tops locations below will have FREE tickets available at the service desk (during normal operating hours of the service desk) for the Bisons Total Solar Eclipse Event at Sahlen Field (while supplies last): 3980 Maple Rd., Amherst 355 Orchard Park Rd., West Seneca 3201 Southwestern Blvd., Orchard Park 65 Grey St., East Aurora 2140 Grand Island Blvd, Grand Island 4777 Transit Rd., Depew 9660 Transit Rd., Amherst 2101 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo 6150 South Park Ave., Hamburg 5274 Main St. & Union Rd., Williamsville ### About Tops Friendly Markets Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 148 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. As the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York, with over 14,000 associates, the company is dedicated to providing sustainably sourced, high-quality products, while helping its communities flourish via support for programs that eradicate hunger and disease, educate youth and reduce environmental waste and energy consumption. For more information, visit


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