THE Buffalo Bills are set for a massive upgrade, thanks in part to a controversial taxpayer deal.
The Bills released the first rendered images of their proposed new stadium on Thursday.
The stadium, which may open as early as fall 2026, bucks the trend towards fully covered stadiums such as SoFi Stadium, Allegiant Stadium and the proposed Tennessee Titans Stadium.
The franchise’s operations manager, Ron Raccuia, said on WGR550 that around 65 percent of the seating will be protected thanks to the roof, while Bills’ website explains that “extensive radiant heating will be in place to improve fan comfort.”
Clad in glass, perforated metal, brick and steel, the new stadium, according to Raccuia, is “designed to honor what’s important to Western New Yorkers. Architecture and Our History,” and will have around 60,000 seats and 60 suites, according to CNBC
Raccuia also explained how they plan to “improve” the parking and drive-on experience for all ticketless fans, via Sal Capaccio.
According to Bills, Raccuia stated, “We want people to come into the stadium, ticketed or not, and experience the game day. There will be food and drinks at the gates. There will be entertainment at the gates.”
While many fans will certainly be excited at the prospect of warmer seating, particularly during typically harsh winters, the proposed stadium remains a somewhat controversial landmark.
According to CNBC, $850 million of the $1.4 billion required for the agreed 30-year lease will come from taxpayers’ money, which is reportedly “a record amount for a stadium.”
If costs stayed at $1.4 billion, it would be the fifth-most expensive stadium in the league — although it would drop to sixth if/when Tennessee completes its proposed new site, which is expected to cost around $2 billion.
Assuming this project goes ahead as planned, it will end the Bills’ time at Highmark Stadium.
Her current home was built in 1973 at a cost of $22 million.
Its 70,000+ capacity is the ninth largest in the league while it is now the fourth oldest stadium in the NFL, according to CNBC.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/6552080/inside-1-4b-buffalo-bills-new-stadium-design/ Boss reveals ‘exciting’ features at Buffalo Bills’ new $1.4million stadium partially funded by controversial taxpayer deal