Work continues on Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium despite the weather
April 9, 2014 by Sarah
The 2013-2014 winter has been one of the harshest on record, but the snow and freezing temperatures haven’t slowed down the renovation of 40-year-old Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, a Buffalo suburb. As of late March, the project is about halfway complete.
Carrying a price tag of $130m, work has been underway for about three months. There are almost 400 workers on site, and the rate of completion means the stadium should be ready for the Buffalo Bills’ first preseason game, slated for late August. Joseph Frandina, who is director of construction management for the team, said the winter had slowed the effort somewhat but, with the weather improving, he expected to make up any lost time. Crews, which were already working long hours, begin double shifts next month.
Renovations will be made in almost every part of the stadium. The former press box is being reworked into a dedicated facility for TV and radio broadcasts, and two luxury suites holding up to 40 people are being constructed in the old press box. The new box will be located in the east corner of the stadium. There are also two new digital scoreboards going in, as well as five new concession stands and 14 new bathrooms.
Officials for the Bills could work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer for fans updating them on the project.