Bills new home renderings focus fan comfort


Buffalo Bills stadium update October 2022 renderings Image: Buffalo Bills & Populous

The National Football League (NFL) team Buffalo Bills (US) released their eagerly anticipated renderings of how their new state of the art stadium may look when construction is complete on the other side of Abbott Road in Orchard Park come the Fall of 2026.

‘Buffalo Bills’ stated that the Bills, in conjunction with the premium experiences company Legends and stadium architectural firm Populous, have left no stone unturned in covering every innovative element of the new stadium design. The exterior stadium image highlights the team’s desire for a visual identity that reflects some of the historical architecture of Buffalo, while also delivering a modern appearance.

The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo metropolitan area (US). The Bills compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference East division. The team plays its home games at the Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.

The 71,608-capacity Highmark Stadium is a stadium in Orchard Park, New York (US), in the Southtowns of the Buffalo metropolitan area. The stadium opened in 1973 as Rich Stadium and is the home venue of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL).

The architectural firm Populous will design the new 1.35-million-square-foot facility with around 60,000 seats. The $1.4 billion stadium and surrounding parking lots will be on 242.5 acres of property, across the street from the current one on Abbott Road.

Buffalo Bills stadium update October 2022 renderingsImage: Buffalo Bills & Populous

Kansas City (US)-based Populous is a global architectural and design practice specializing in sports facilities, arenas and convention centers, as well as the planning and design of major special events.

New York (US)-based Legends is a premium experiences company that specializes in delivering holistic solutions for sports and entertainment organizations and venues.

‘Buffalo Bills’ further stated that featured in the inside bowl rendering is a stacked seating design which will help to rain crowd noise down onto the playing field. In addition to the stacked seating that will provide protection from the elements, extensive radiant heating will be in place to enhance fan comfort. The Bills are committed to creating an intimate yet intimidating football-first seating bowl that harnesses the energy of the fans. Throughout the project, the team has thought carefully about how to maximize the experience of every fan, bringing fans closer to the action than any other new NFL stadium – this will truly be a football experience unlike any other. The goal is to create the most vibrant, loudest and ground-shaking experience possible.

Tapping into the fan base’s strong familial culture and generosity, the new stadium will have a clear focus on being functional and comfortable to honor the loyalty and pride the Bills Mafia (die-hard Bills fans) hold for their team and where they’ll soon play when this project is completed. In recognition of the uniquely Western New York culture, throughout the stadium there will be dynamic areas designed to bring Bills fans together to share their love for local food, beverage and camaraderie.

Though the renderings are subject to change, it’s the first firm representation of the direction the Bills organization would like to head with their plans with continued guidance and expertise from Populous and Legends.

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