Bills Stadium is a stadium in Orchard Park, New York, in the southern portion of the Buffalo metropolitan area. The stadium opened in 1973 and is home to the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. It is an open-air stadium with a capacity of 71,870. It has never had a natural grass surface; AstroTurf was installed in 1973. The first NFL playoff game at the stadium came in the 1988 season.
About Bills Stadium in brief
Bills Stadium is a stadium in Orchard Park, New York, in the southern portion of the Buffalo metropolitan area. The stadium opened in 1973 and is home to the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. It is an open-air stadium with a capacity of 71,870. It has never had a natural grass surface; AstroTurf was installed in 1973. On August 13, 2016, Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company and the Bills reached a seven-year, USD 35 million agreement for stadium naming rights. The Bills and New Era officially announced the stadium’s new name of New Era Field five days later, on August 18, 2016. On July 15, 2020, the Bills announced that New EraCap asked to be released from their naming rights and sponsorship deal, and the two sides would agree on terms to terminate the contract. The first NFL playoff game at the stadium came in the 1988 season, a 17–10 Bills victory over the Houston Oilers on January 1, 1989. Bills have defeated each of the 31 other teams there at least once and are unbeaten there against the following teams: Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bills won every ensuing playoff game until they were defeated in on December 28, 1996 by the Jacksonville Jaguars. In 1994, major renovations were made to the stadium, including the addition of the Red Zone Goal Line clubs that are enclosed in glass and have 500 seats.
In 1998, the largest U.S. video scoreboard at the time was the largest in the NFL at 41 5 feet 5 feet by 31 5 feet. A massive USD 9.5 million renovation of the stadium was completed in 1998, with the capacity increased to 80,290. In 2008, the stadium added 14 executive suites and a video scoreboard that is 5 feet, 41 feet by 5 feet in length. In 2012, the team announced they would temporarily use the name Bills Stadium until they found a new naming rights partner. The team announced on July 24 that they would be using the name ‘New Era Field’ until the end of the 2019 NFL season. The new name is expected to be ‘Bills Field’ The stadium is located in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard park. It was named after the original franchise of the American Football League in 1960, the Buffalo Buffalo Bills, which played their first thirteen seasons at War Memorial Stadium, a multi-use WPA project stadium that opened in 1938. In early 1971, owner Ralph Wilson was exploring options to relocate the team, possibly to Seattle, with other cities such as Memphis and Tampa expressing interest as well.