After the framework of a deal for a new Buffalo Bills stadium was agreed in March, the team officially released the first images of the future stadium almost exactly seven months later.
Pegula Sports and Entertainment executive vice president Ron Raccuia said Thursday on WGR 550 in Buffalo that the footage is “effectively” what the stadium will look like, aside from a few minor edits.
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Here’s the first look at renderings of the New Bills Stadium.https://t.co/wQjumbzQA7 | #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/RC9hnAGkiy
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The images include a view of the outside of the stadium and one of the inside of the open-air stadium which includes a canopy to protect spectators from the vagaries of the weather. The awning will cover 65% of the seats.
The exterior of the stadium includes a plaza with three large bison statues. The team said the exterior was built “to emphasize the team’s desire to have a visual identity that reflects some of Buffalo’s historic architecture, while providing a modern look.”
The stadium is slated to open in 2026 and will be located across from where the Bills’ current stadium is located, Highmark Stadium, in Orchard Park, New York, where the Bills’ practice facility is also located. the team. The Bills work with architectural firm Populous and Legends, a consulting group specializing in stadium development.
Less than two weeks ago, the deadline for completing final negotiations on the $1.4 billion stadium was pushed back until December so the state could complete an environmental impact study. The deadline, moved for the second time in the space of six weeks, will now be set at 30 days after receipt of this study.
Funding for the stadium includes a record $850 million in public funds, $600 million from New York State and $250 million from Erie County.
Highmark Stadium opened in 1973 and is the fourth oldest stadium in the NFL.