ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) - There are new renderings of what Ralph Wilson Stadium is expected to look like next year.
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The Bills say the upgrades are all about making the fan experience better, starting with what they're calling "super gates." Instead of nine entrances, there will only be six, but they will be much larger with the fences moved outward to hold more people and more lines. The team says this will allow fans to enter the stadium faster. As people wait to get into the stadium, fans will be able to watch HD outdoor video screens at each gate.
"Everything about this renovation has been geared towards the fan and the fan experience, whether it's the upgraded WiFi experience, whether it's new video boards, new gates," said Buffalo Bills Vice President of Marketing Marc Honan. "It's about improving their fan experience, improving game-day safety, game-day entertainment and the general experience of coming to a Bills game."
The team will also be widening their current scoreboard by 60 feet, and adding an additional scoreboard to the opposite side of the stadium.
The Bills store will be moved to the Abbott Road side of the stadium for more visibility, and fans will be able to shop there during the games.
Other changes include a new walk-in lounge with a bar and bathroom upgrades.
All of the $130 million in improvements are part of the deal the team signed with Erie County last year. The cost is split between NYS, the county and the Bills.
Work is expected to begin after this season ends.
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