Do Know Know These 10 Facts About Bills Stadium?
It officially has a name...at least for the time being.
The Buffalo Bills will now simply call their home 'Bills Stadium', as per the Buffalo Bills.
After New Era has forfeited the naming rights to the stadium, many wondered what it would be called. The Pegula's and officials have decided to keep it simply 'Bills Stadium' rather than taking in dollars for naming rights at this time and have already changed the names on social media accounts.
It seems that they have no come to an agreement with any business for the name. Here is the announcement on the Buffalo Bills website this morning:
The Bills announced today that the team's stadium will be named Bills Stadium. The team issued the following statement on the topic:
"As we continue the transition process from New Era Field to a new naming rights partner, we will officially use the name Bills Stadium for our home in Orchard Park."
Bills Stadium has been the home of the Buffalo Bills since 1973.
You've been there so many times, but did you know these 10 facts about your favorite stadium?
STADIUM FACTS AND FIGURES
Luxury Boxes: 121 Suites, 8,262 Club Seats
Construction started April 4, 1972.
Officially opened August 17, 1973.
First regular season game was September 30, 1973 – Bills 9 Jets 7.
Playing field is 50 feet below ground level – 37,000 feet of shale was removed to form the lower level.
Upper deck is 60 feet above the ground level.
Field covers, 86,000 square feet.
Largest crowd was October 4, 1992 vs Miami 80,368.
New Era asked to terminate their partnership with the stadium earlier this year. The original agreement between the Bills and New Era was about $4 million per year. Forbes, said "if no fans are permitted this season, the Bills stand to lose $104 million in stadium revenue (the sum of tickets, concessions, sponsors, parking and team stores)."
Apparently, they didn't like the idea of Levy Stadium. There was a petition going around to try and name the stadium after the Hall of Fame Bills head coach, Marv Levy. The petition at the time of posting had just over 3,000 signatures. Was it unrealistic? Probably. The NFL and the Pegula's are a business people and wouldn't sacrifice that naming rights money.