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Construction set to begin on Buffalo Bills’ new stadium; July 2026 scheduled completion

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The Erie County Legislature approved the Bills new stadium agreement Thursday afternoon paving the way for construction on the project to begin, the team announced. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Construction at the new site is scheduled to begin this Spring, with “major construction” set to begin in June.
  • Completion is scheduled for July 2026.
  • The Bills announced their plans for the more than $1.4 billion project, which includes $850 million in public money, in March 2022.


The deal comes with a 30-year lease agreement that will begin when the open-air, grass-field venue across Abbott Road from the Bills current home, Highmark Stadium.

The Bills will take over annual operating costs under the 30-year lease. The new stadium projected to take about four years to complete and current sponsor Highmark has the right of first refusal to continue its naming rights.

What they’re saying

Ron Raccuia, Bills executive vice president & COO, said in a statement: “All of the legal agreements and public-private partnerships with the county and the state are signed. There are no more documents. All the focus is now on construction and the opening of the stadium, which will start immediately.”

Raccuia added: “Now that all the negotiations are over, we are excited to begin the physical phase of this project, which will lead to the opening of the stadium. Major construction in June will begin with excavation. The final design elements are never really final, but it’s extremely dialed in at this point.”

“There he goes. One of God's own prototypes.

A high-powered mutant of some kind, never even considered for mass production.

Too weird to live, and too rare to die.”

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