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Ralph Wilson StadiumBuffalo Bills

1 Bills Dr, Orchard Park, NY, 14127

    A new Bills stadium seen as important

    Posted October 9, 2014

    Vic Carucci - Buffalo News -   NEW YORK ...Read More...

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    Ralph Wilson Stadium (formerly Rich Stadium) is an outdoor football facility home to the Buffalo Bills of the NFL and is located in Buffalo, NY. The stadium opened in 1973 and has been home to the Bills for nearly thirty years. Rich Products purchased a 25-year, $1.5 million naming rights deal to the stadium in 1972. Concerts took place at Ralph Wilson Stadium in the past but there haven't been any since 2001.

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    History

    Ralph Wilson was awarded an expansion AFL stadium in 1959 that would begin playing in 1960 at War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo. The 47,000 stadium (originally built in 1930) was deemed to small by NFL standards by the time the Bills became apart of the NFL in 1970. Owner Ralph Wilson initially searched for a new domed stadium in Buffalo, but ended up building the new stadium in Orchard Park, a town south of Buffalo. Rich Products signed a 25-year, $1.5 million deal for naming rights to the stadium. In 1973, Rich Stadium debuted and the Bills became the first team to sell naming rights to their stadium. Once the original deal expired in 1998, the stadium was named after Bills owner Ralph Wilson. The stadium's playing surface is made of Astroturf GameDay Grass and currently seats 73,967 rabid football fans. The stadium started out with a seating capacity of 80,020 but renovations and a Bills lease renewal in 1998 with Erie County, New York caused a drop to what the seating capacity is today. Ralph Wilson Stadium continued renovations with a High Definition Mitsubishi LED scoreboard and ribbon boards in 2007.

    Venue

    • Ralph Wilson Stadium
      1 Bills Dr   Orchard Park, NY 14127
      Call at (716) 648-1800

    Venue Details

    • 1973
    • $22 million
    • Erie County, NY
    • Outdoor
    • HNTB
    • Rich Stadium
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • AstroPlay
    • 73967

    Dimensions

  • ATMs

    • Against the Stadium wall inside Gates 2 and 7

    Gates

  • Parking:

    • Adjacent to facility - Pre-paid Pre

      • $20.00
      • No
    • Adjacent to facility - Public Lots

      • $25.00
      • Yes
      • Lot 2 only.
  • Upcoming Events

    • No event is scheduled here.

  • Merchandise:

    • Standard Concessions

      • Throughout facility
      • $2.00 - $10.00
    • Guest Services

      • Between Gates 4 and 5 outside of facility
      • -
    • Guest Services

      • On the 100 and 300 levels
      • -
    • The Bills Store

      • -
    • A new Bills stadium seen as important

      2014-10-09 14:16:43

      Vic Carucci - Buffalo News -

       <...Read More...

  • Policies

    General Info

    • N
    • All items are subject to search
    • Y
    • Designated outside areas

    Carry-In Restrictions

    • Permitted. No video. Lenses must be 6 inches or less.
    • Prohibited
    • Prohibited
    • Prohibited
    • Prohibited
    • Permitted
    • Permitted. 12x12x12 inches max.
    • Permitted. Must be unopened, single-serving in clear plastic bag

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