The Buffalo Bills marked the start of construction for their new stadium with a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday.
The open-air stadium, which will keep the current Highmark Stadium name, will be situated across the street from the existing 50-year-old Orchard Park venue.
The $1.5 billion project will feature 62,000 seats and is anticipated to be ready for the 2026 NFL season.
The funding for the project incorporates $850 million taxpayer dollars, with $600 million contributed by the state, $250 million from Erie County, and the remaining sum from the Buffalo Bills.
The ceremony was attended by prominent figures including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Bills owner Terry Pegula, and Governor Kathy Hochul. In Pegula’s words, the new stadium is meant to “continue our legacy” by filling it with new memories. Season ticket sign-ups for the new stadium are now open to fans.
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