Exciting Progress on Buffalo Bills’ New Stadium: Completion Expected in 2026

The National Football League’s Buffalo Bills are getting a brand new stadium, located on Abbott Road in Orchard Park. This state-of-the-art facility is being constructed right next to the Erie Community College campus and across the street from the current Highmark Stadium. The new stadium is scheduled for completion in time for the 2026 NFL season and has an estimated cost of $1.4 billion.

A rendering of the new Buffalo Bills Stadium from buffalobills.com.

The New Highmark Stadium will have a seating capacity of around 60,000, featuring various premium seating options and cutting-edge amenities designed to enhance the fan experience. This is a significant upgrade from the current Highmark Stadium, which has served as the team’s home for nearly five decades. The original Highmark Stadium, opened in 1973, was initially named after Rich Products and built by Birdair Structures. It has a capacity of 71,870 and has hosted nearly 30 concerts throughout its history.

Image of Highmark Stadium under construction. buffalonews.com.
Image of Highmark Stadium under construction. buffalonews.com.

Funding for the new stadium includes $600 million from New York State, $550 million from the NFL and the Bills, and $250 million from Erie County. The construction involves around 400 different companies, emphasizing the massive scale and collaborative effort required.

For regular updates on the stadium’s progress, including recent drone footage, visit the Buffalo Bills’ official website.

Location History

This aerial image by Erie County is from 1926. The exact location of the new Bills stadium was a wooded area and farm land.
This aerial image by Erie County is from 1926. The exact location of the new Bills stadium was a wooded area and farm land.
Aerial images of the same area 69 years later show what was then Rich Stadium. Named after the founder of Rich Products, Robert E. Rich Sr.
Aerial images of the same area 69 years later show what was then Rich Stadium. Named after the founder of Rich Products, Robert E. Rich Sr.
This image from 2017 shows the area covered in snow. The Erie Community College – South Campus to the left, was built in 1974.
2022 Google Street View from Abbott Road of the parking lot where the new stadium is being built.
2022 Google Street View from Abbott Road of the parking lot where the new stadium is being built.

Highmark Stadium Timeline

1973: The Buffalo Bills move into Rich Stadium, which was later known as Ralph Wilson Stadium to honor the team’s founder and owner.

1998: The stadium undergoes a major renovation. It included the addition of a new scoreboard, luxury suites, and a club level.

2012: The Bills announce a ten-year lease extension with the state and county. The team spent $130 million on stadium upgrades.

2021: The Bills and the state of New York announced a $1.4 billion plan to build a new stadium in Orchard Park. It is expected to be completed in time for the 2027 season.

Highmark Stadium from above by Quintin Soloviev.

Last Updated on June 6, 2024 by F. E. Mufute

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