ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – Crews have spent the summer working on $130 million in renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
The Buffalo Bills spent $35 million on the changes, and the taxpayers are paying for the rest, including $54 million from New York State and $41 million from Erie County. What does all that money get you? The Bills say, a lot.
Buffalo Bills Chief Marketing Officer Marc Honan said, “We wanted to do the things that they wanted, because this is their stadium.”
Three new scoreboards are set up so fans can know the stats of the game at all times. There’s one large one at the west end of the stadium. It’s 165-feet wide and 33-feet high.
Honan said, “Even better, we’ve added two new scoreboards on the east end. So fans that used to have to crane their neck and look over their shoulder to see the old scoreboard, now they can see the scoreboard all game long.”
If fans get hungry during the game there’s a new Coors Light Sports Bar. It’s designed to give fans extra room in the concourses. They can get a beverage and find local eats.
“The Coors Light Sports Bar is 80-feet long. Fans can grab a beverage, hang out and watch some great football,” Honan said.
If you want Bills gear, there are are four mini-stores inside the stadium. The main store, known as the Front Door, is right on Abbott Road. It’s four times the size of the old store.
“One of the great advantages of it is, fans can use it during the game. You know our old store, you could only use it pre-game and post-game,” Honan explained.
These features are just part of the $130 million renovations. Fans and Bills players will be in for a treat at Saturday’s game.
The players haven’t seen their new Ad Pro Training Center. The weight room was also expanded. This is where the Bills will put in a lot of hard work for game day.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 4:30 p.m. When fans enter they’ll pass through one of six “supergates,” designed to get fans inside the stadium faster.
Now that phase one of the renovations are complete, crews will work to put on the finishing touches. They plan to add new graphics on the back of the scoreboard and charging buffalos to the towers. It should be done by September 14.