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Buffalo Bills stadium renderings designed by the Bills in conjunction with Legends and the architectural firm Populous // provided by the Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Buffalo Bills stadium renderings designed by the Bills in conjunction with Legends and the architectural firm Populous // provided by the Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Buffalo Bills, NYS, Erie County announce start of construction on state-of-the-art football stadium


Mon, Jun 5th 2023 12:10 pm

NYS: Stadium project marks largest economic development project in Western New York history – with an estimated 30-year economic impact of $1.6 billion

√ Construction on new, 60,000-seat facility expected to complete in 2026

√ Project will create 10,000 union labor construction jobs through project labor agreement

Gov. Kathy Hochul, Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday announced the start of construction on the Bills' new, state-of-the-art $1.54 billion stadium in Orchard Park.

A press release stated, “The new, 60,000-seat facility, designed by the Bills in conjunction with Legends and the architectural firm Populous, marks the largest economic development project in Western New York history with an estimated 30-year economic impact of $1.6 billion and the creation of 10,000 union construction jobs.”

Construction on the new stadium is expected to be complete in 2026.

Hochul said, "As a native Buffalonian and a lifelong Bills fan, I know how much this team means to this city and region as a whole. As we break ground on a beautiful new stadium, we're celebrating a new era for this region and for tens of thousands of New Yorkers who stand to benefit. With this project, the Bills – and New York state – are making a lasting commitment to the people of Western New York."

Pegula said, "Congratulations, Bills fans. We all know the Bills are the only team that actually, physically plays in the state of New York, and we're very proud of that. The stadium we will build will not only be a new home for our players and coaches, but also for our fans. This stadium is a public, private, NFL, and I call it, a fan partnership."

Poloncarz said, "Today is the culmination of years of work. The discussions leading to what we are doing here today – breaking ground for the construction of a new stadium – actually began many years ago. I'm thankful for the strong and committed partners who were at the table during negotiations. Thank you to Gov. Hochul and her team from NYS. Thank you also to Terry and Kim Pegula, the entire Bills organization, and the NFL for your commitment to our community and ensuring a fair deal for all. Today marks the end of one chapter in this story, and the beginning of another. History is being made, and the future is now being placed in the hands of the men and women of our local building trades. Take pride in your work, and know that you built the home of the Bills. The next generation is here and now, and it's ready to roll with Josh Allen aiming to bring Buffalo a championship in our new, state-of-the-art stadium on this very spot. I am proud to be a part of the team that's paving the way for that, and on behalf of all Erie County thank you to all, and Go Bills!"

Goodell said, "As a Western New York kid, it gives me a great deal of pride to be here today. I've been to a lot of groundbreaking ceremonies in my time at the NFL. But none of them are more meaningful than being here today. This is an extraordinary community. They deserve an extraordinary stadium, and you're going to get it. And I think as Western New Yorkers, we'll all be proud. It'll be not only a great stadium, but filled with incredible fans."

Buffalo Bills stadium renderings designed by the Bills in conjunction with Legends and the architectural firm Populous // provided by the Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul.

The new, open-air stadium will be built across from the existing Highmark Stadium, which was built in 1973, and includes several major improvements over the existing stadium facility. It will add weather control features, including extensive radiant heating and a canopy that covers 65% of seats, to provide protection from inclement weather. The exterior of the stadium will also include enhanced fan experience gathering sites to be utilized by fans, spectators and members of the surrounding community.

The stadium project is projected to create 10,000 construction jobs and will be built with union labor in accordance with a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) agreed to by the Buffalo Building Trades Council.

In 2022, Hochul announced the public-private stadium agreement, which includes a $600 million investment by New York state that her team said will be recouped through taxes and economic activity that the team generates. Under the agreement, the Bills and NFL will invest $690 million for the stadium's construction, and Erie County will contribute $250 million.

A press release stated, “The Buffalo Bills franchise is a proven economic driver for the Buffalo region and the state. The Bills currently generate $27 million annually in direct income, sales and use taxes for New York state, Erie County and Buffalo. An economic analysis by Empire State Development and AECOM found that, over the 30-year lease period of the new stadium, revenues are expected to grow significantly and will cumulatively amount to more than $1.6 billion in economic impact. Furthermore, the study found that the stadium would have a regional economic impact of more than $385 million annually as fans and spectators from across New York, the United States and Canada patronize local businesses."

Buffalo Bills stadium renderings designed by the Bills in conjunction with Legends and the architectural firm Populous // provided by the Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Hope Knight said, "Buffalo Bills fans are celebrating a big win with the start of construction on a new state-of-the-art stadium. Thanks to Gov. Hochul's leadership, the team has recommitted to Buffalo and the community for decades to come. Today also marked a victory for local union labor, with 10,000 jobs being created for workers who are proud to be a part of the historic stadium project."

New York State Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan said, "The Buffalo Bills have a long and proud history in Western New York, and this new stadium ensures a bright future for the team and its fans. This project will also support thousands of construction jobs and will have a significant impact on the local economy for many years to come. I am proud to represent Erie County, the Town of Orchard Park and the new home of the Buffalo Bills in the New York State Senate."

New York State Sen. Tim Kennedy said, "The Buffalo Bills are embedded within the fabric of our greater region, and this new stadium will ensure that they continue to call Western New York home, all in a state-of-the-art space that truly enhances fan experiences. This massive undertaking will have an enormous economic impact and create thousands of jobs, all while unlocking new opportunities for regional and statewide growth. I look forward to seeing several trips to the Super Bowl carved out at our new stadium; 2026 can't come soon enough."

New York State Sen. Sean Ryan said, "This is a truly monumental day for Bills fans here in Western New York and around the world. Players and fans will be able to experience a modern stadium, and at the same time we have secured the Bills presence in Western New York for decades to come. Combine that with a community benefits agreement and thousands of construction jobs, and we have an exceptional project for our community. I thank everyone involved for their leadership and hard work in making this project a reality. Go Bills!"

Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes said, "This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for our region. Breaking ground on a new Buffalo Bills stadium provides chances to utilize local spending and inclusive labor, which can maximize its regional impact. I look forward to monitoring the progress of construction and its ability to change lives for the better. Congratulations to Pegula Sports & Entertainment on the Buffalo Bandits' recent championship, I alongside my fellow Bills Mafia are eagerly awaiting our chance. Go Bills!"

Assembly member Jon D. Rivera said, "It's no secret that Bills fandom is ingrained in the very fabric of our city and our region. New York state's investment in a state-of-the-art stadium for the Buffalo Bills shows its commitment to keeping NFL football in Buffalo, and its belief in the project's potential for a transformative economic impact within Western New York."

Assembly member Monica Wallace said, "Bills fans are thrilled to see construction kick off on the new stadium. This new stadium will enhance the gameday experience for attendees and ensure the Bills stay in Buffalo for generations to come. I thank Gov. Hochul and County Executive Poloncarz for reaching this historic agreement for the greatest fans in the NFL."

Assembly member Karen McMahon said, "I know I join the throngs of Buffalo Bills fans throughout Western New York in celebrating the culmination of a long process to get to today – breaking ground on a new stadium. Not only does this keep our beloved team in our community for decades to come, the construction process will create thousands of union jobs, and invigorate our local and state economies. I look forward to kickoff for the stadium's first season in 2026, and many more seasons to come."

Assembly member Bill Conrad said, "This is an undoubtedly promising moment for Western New York, in large part because this project is creating thousands of good union jobs in the construction trades, for years to come. And I of course join the Bills fanbase – the most loyal in the league – in celebrating the team's long-term commitment to Buffalo."

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, "The Bills remaining in Buffalo and Erie County is great for our community. The Buffalo Bills are a major part of the culture and economy here in the City of Good Neighbors and across the region. The new, state-of-the-art Buffalo Bills football stadium will be a great addition to our region and will help boost our team spirit. Go Bills!"

Chairman of the Erie County Stadium Corp. Robert Duffy said, "I am thrilled to witness this monumental moment in the history of our region. The ground-breaking ceremony for the new Buffalo Bills stadium marks a significant milestone, representing not only the growth and development of our beloved team, but also the economic vitality it will bring to our communities. This state-of-the-art facility will serve as a beacon of sportsmanship, uniting fans from near and far, and fostering a sense of pride in our region. We anticipate a surge in tourism, increased job opportunities, and a vibrant local economy as this iconic stadium becomes a gathering place for thrilling moments and cherished memories. Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce is proud to stand alongside our partners, the Buffalo Bills, as we embark on this extraordinary journey together."

President of the Buffalo Building Trades Council Paul Brown said, "While we may not play on the field, the hardworking men and women of the Buffalo Building Trades Council are proud to be part of the team making this exciting project a reality. Our union families will point with pride and tell their children and grandchildren that their skilled labor not only helped build a state-of-the-art stadium, but also helped build a stronger and more united community."

Buffalo Bills stadium renderings designed by the Bills in conjunction with Legends and the architectural firm Populous // provided by the Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul.


Terry Pegula speaks, as Gov. Kathy Hochul, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell look on; ground was broken on the new stadium site. (Photos by Darren McGee/Office of Gov. Kathy Hochul // Flickr photo link)

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