The upcoming renovation to Ralph Wilson Stadium is all about the fans. From a new in-stadium lounge to improved points of entry, the upgrades - slated to finish in time for the 2014 season - will be hard for fans to miss even before they enter the game.
New "super gates" will allow quicker entry into the stadium an enhanced pregame experience with video boards featuring Bills shows and highlights. As these efficient gates can accommodate more fans, the number of entry points will go from the current nine gates to six super gates, which will be pushed out from the stadium to increase the perimiter of the complex and allow for better navigation once inside the gates.
The current scoreboard will maintain its height, but will grow by more than 60 feet as sponsor boards are taken from their current locations and more video screen is added for an enhanced in-game feel. Though already HD, the quality of the picture will be even crisper after its replacement.
Two new HD video boards will be added above the tunnel endzones to give fans on the opposite side, below the current scoreboard, a better view. A new LED digital board will also be added for sponsor signage.
On the first floor of the old administration building on the tunnel side of the stadium, a new walk-in lounge will feature a sports bar-like atmosphere with food and beverage being sold before and during the game.
With the addition of a commisary building on the exterior of the building, new food offerings with local flair will boost the selection and quality of concessions throughout Ralph Wilson Stadium. Locations will be added in the concourses, and all stands will accept credit cards.
Perhaps the most noticable change from the exterior of the stadium will be a greatly expanded Bills Store with a year-round presence on Abbott Road. Fans will be able to enter the store from the stadium and shop during the game.
Along with increased men's, women's, and youth merchandise options, the store will feature an interactive tribute to the members of the Bills Wall of Fame.
Additional changes to further enhance the fan experience at Ralph Wilson Stadium include:
-Cell service will be upgraded to give fans an improved in-game mobile experience.
-Restroom space will be increased by 22 percent.
-The press box will move from its current location on the 50-yard line to the current Red Zone Club in the corner of the tunnel endzone.
-Dedicated lots with direct access to the stadium gates will improve entry for fans with disabilities.