Olean To Host Second Annual Brander Bash Friday
OLEAN – The stadium was once a crown jewel for the city of Olean. After years of neglect, some in the community are working hard to bring Bradner Stadium back to a place of glory and celebration. To help in raising those funds, the second annual Bradner Bash will show the current renovations off to visitors, as well as raise funds for more improvements. The Bash, set for Friday, will be from 5-11 p.m., in the stadium.
The stadium has been a place of historical pride for the city, hosting such acts as the Beach Boys and the Buffalo Philharmonic, even some legendary games and baseball players in the 1930s, including Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson. The pride of the past will be showcased in the jewel of the future for the event.
The city of Olean, in conjunction with the Olean Local Development Corporation, will be hosting the family friendly event. Highlighted by music, food and festivities, primary users of the stadium will be working to give visitors a chance to see, and possibly meet, members of the Southern Tier Diesel football team, the Olean Oilers baseball team and the Jamestown Community College athletic teams. The users will have carnival-type games for young and old, alike.
Music will be provided by The Barry Brothers, out of Olean, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. At 8 p.m., Jamestown’s own Porcelain Bus Drivers will take the stage to offer their mix of classic to modern rock, disco, hip-hop and 1980s and 1990s hits. They have become regional sensations, playing in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Organizers plan on a wide variety of vendors, from crafts to food and even some retail merchants. Local restaurants will be showcasing their wares for the event. An admission of $5 per person will be collected with those under 21 years of age free when accompanied by an adult.
The stadium has been under renovation for the past year, after the Olean Common Council voted to transfer $1.5 million to the local development corporation to renovate the facility that had become, by all accounts, an eye-sore. In the time since last year’s bash, the stadium has seen renovation on the athletic field area, as well as in the stands.
With Oilers and Diesel preparing to take to the facility for action in June, final touches are taking place, but more is needed, according to City Director of Works Tom Windus, who is looking for funding to build a $500,000 field house that would be the home to a concession stand, restrooms and locker rooms. The Oilers kick off their home season June 6, when New York Collegiate Baseball League opponents, Niagara Power comes to Olean. Diesel take to the field the following night, with the Amherst-based, WNY Dragons come to town to kick off their home Northern Football Alliance season.