The NFL’s Buffalo Bills on Monday broke ground on their new $1.54 billion stadium and is expected to be ready by 2026.
“I am proud to say that we have a new naming rights agreement that will carry our home for the long term; the New Highmark Stadium title will shine for years to come,” Bills owner Terry Pegula said in his opening remarks.
The Bills play in Orchard Park, New York, at the old Highmark Stadium, opened in 1973 under the name Rich Stadium, located across the street from the site of their new home that will bear the adjective “new,” only while it is being built, said Bills executive vice president and chief operating officer Ron Raccuia.
“I know it might be a little confusing. Highmark Stadium is our home today and New Highmark Stadium will be our home in 2026. Once we get to 2026, we will remove the new adjective to return to the traditional name of Highmark Stadium for the next 30 years,” explained Raccuia.
In addition to Pegula and Raccuia, at the start of the works of the new home of the franchise were present the general manager of the team, Brandon Beane; Bills head coach Sean McDermott; New York Governor Kathy Hochul; and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The league’s top executive officer congratulated the Bills for the long-term commitment they have to one of the league’s most loyal fans.
“I’ve been to about 20 openings over the years, but none is more meaningful to me than today’s. This community and these fans deserve it. The Bills are now insured for many years in Western New York,” Goodell said.
Also earlier Monday, the Buffalo Bills bolstered their defense with linebacker Leonard Floyd, a veteran quarterback hunter who was a Super Bowl LVI champion with the Los Angeles Rams.
Floyd will meet on the Bills with linebacker Von Miller next to the Rams’ championship ring.