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Encyclopedia > Ralph Wilson Stadium
Ralph Wilson Stadium
"The Ralph"

Location One Bills Drive
Orchard Park, New York 14127
Opened 1973
Owner Erie County, New York
Operator Erie County, New York
Surface AstroPlay
Construction cost $22 million USD
Architect HNTB
Former names Rich Stadium (1973-1998)
Tenants
Buffalo Bills (NFL) (1973-Present)
Capacity
80,020 (original); 73,967 (current)

Ralph Wilson Stadium is a football stadium located in the town of Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo, New York. It is the home stadium for the Buffalo Bills National Football League football team. It was originally named Rich Stadium. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 596 pixelsFull resolution (2551 × 1901 pixel, file size: 701 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Orchard Park is a town located in Erie County, New York in the USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 27,637. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Erie County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. ... Erie County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... HNTB Corporation (formerly Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendoff) is an architecture and engineering firm based in Kansas City, Missouri that built many bridges and professional ball stadiums across the United States and around the world. ... Rich Products Corporation (also known as Richs) is a privately held international food manufacturing corporation headquartered in Buffalo, New York. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... NFL logo For other uses of the abbreviation NFL, see NFL (disambiguation). ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Telstra Stadium in Sydney, Australia is capable of being converted from a rectangular rugby football field to an oval for cricket and Australian rules football games This article is about the building type. ... Orchard Park is a town located in Erie County, New York in the USA. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 27,637. ... Nickname: Location of Buffalo in New York State County Government  - Mayor Byron Brown (D) Area  - City 52. ... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... NFL redirects here. ...

Contents

History

The stadium opened in 1973. The construction of the stadium and its location were the source of years of litigation, which ended with a financial settlement for a developer who had planned to erect an all-weather stadium in Lancaster, New York. In 1972, Rich Products signed a 25-year deal for $1 million per year, by which the venue would be called "Rich Stadium"; this is one of the earliest examples of the sale of naming rights in North American sports. After the original deal expired in 1998, the stadium was renamed in honor of Bills founder and owner Ralph C. Wilson. The 1973 NFL season was the 54th regular season of the National Football League. ... A lawsuit is a civil action brought before a court in order to recover a right, obtain damages for an injury, obtain an injunction to prevent an injury, or obtain a declaratory judgment to prevent future legal disputes. ... Lancaster, New York may refer to the following locations in Erie County, New York: Lancaster (town), New York Lancaster (village), New York (within the Town of Lancaster) For other places named Lancaster, go to Lancaster. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Rich Products Corporation (also known as Richs) is a privately held international food manufacturing corporation headquartered in Buffalo, New York. ... Naming rights are the right to name a piece of property, either tangible property or an event, usually granted in exchange for financial considerations. ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. ...


The first playoff game at the stadium was a 17-10 Bills victory over the Houston Oilers on January 1, 1989. The Bills won every ensuing playoff game at the stadium until they were defeated by the Jacksonville Jaguars on December 28, 1996. City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... City Jacksonville, Florida Other nicknames The Jags Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002... is the 362nd day of the year (363rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


Other Events

Ralph Wilson Stadium is expected to host an outdoor NHL game on January 1, 2008. The Buffalo Sabres will host the Pittsburgh Penguins in what is tentatively being called "The Ice Bowl. "[1] NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) will be a leap year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Buffalo Sabres are a professional ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...


Design

The stadium is open-air, with a capacity of 73,967. The field is made of AstroTurf GameDay Grass, which replaced the AstroTurf that was original to the stadium. The stadium originally had a capacity of 80,020, however the capacity was reduced in 1998 as a part of the Bills lease renewal with Erie County, New York. The stadium at that time was refitted with larger seats and more luxury and club seating. The lease agreement also stipulated that Erie County would continue to upgrade the stadium; in summer 2007 a new High Definition Mitsubishi LED board measuring 88.8' by 32.5' and ribbon boards was installed. Total cost for the project is 5.2 million dollars. The new scorboard will replace the old 41.5' by 31.5' Sony JumboTron installed 13 years earlier for 8.0 million dollars (including inflation). This article is about artificial grass. ... Erie County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. ... A luxury box or luxury suite is a special seating section in arenas and stadiums. ... Generally, high-definition refers to an increase in resolution or clarity such as in: High-definition television (HDTV), television formats that have a higher resolution than their contemporary counterparts High-definition video, which is used in HDTV broadcasting, as well as digital film and computer HD video file formats HDV... Mitsubishi Logo The Mitsubishi Group ), Mitsubishi Group of Companies, or Mitsubishi Companies, all refer to a large grouping of independently operated Japanese companies which share the Mitsubishi brand name. ... External links LEd Category: TeX ... Sony Corporation ) is a Japanese multinational corporation and one of the worlds largest media conglomerates with revenue of $66. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Buffalo is one of the nation's windiest cities, and as a result, Ralph Wilson Stadium often is a difficult stadium for kickers to play in, with swirling winds that change direction rapidly. This is exacerbated by the design of the stadium. The main bowl of the stadium is fifty feet under ground level, while the upper deck stands above ground. The open end lies parallel to the direction of the prevailing winds, so that when the winds come in, they immediately drop down into the bowl, causing the stadium's signature wind patterns. For the 1928 film, see The Wind. ... An amateur place kicker attempts to kick a field goal Placekicker, or simply Kicker, is the title of the player in American and Canadian football who is responsible for the kicking duties of field goals, extra points, and, in many cases, kickoffs. ...


Photo gallery

Notes

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External links

  • Stadium page from official Buffalo Bills site
  • The Standard
  • BillsDaily
Preceded by
War Memorial Stadium
19601972
Home of the
Buffalo Bills
1973–present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
Arrowhead Stadium
1989
Host of the Drum Corps International World Championship
1990
Succeeded by
Cotton Bowl Stadium
1991
Preceded by
Foxboro Stadium
1994
Host of the Drum Corps International World Championship
1995
Succeeded by
Citrus Bowl
1996
Preceded by
Byrd Stadium
2000
Host of the Drum Corps International World Championship
2001
Succeeded by
Camp Randall Stadium
2002

Coordinates: 42°46′25.46″N, 78°47′13.12″W War Memorial Stadium is the name of a stadium that formerly stood in Buffalo, New York. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... City Orchard Park, New York Team colors Navy blue, light blue, Red, light Red, White, Royal, and Nickel Head Coach Dick Jauron Owner Ralph Wilson General manager Marv Levy Mascot Billy Buffalo League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Arrowhead Stadium is a stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri, and home to the National Football Leagues Kansas City Chiefs and Major League Soccers Kansas City Wizards. ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Drum Corps International (DCI), formed in 1972, is the non-profit governing body operating the North American drum and bugle corps circuit for junior corps, whose members are between the ages of 14 and 22. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... For the Cotton Bowl game, please see Cotton Bowl (game). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... For the present stadium in Foxborough, see Gillette Stadium. ... This be the Danster with a few new trickoms ahahahahahahahahahahahahah Hace fun life life // January 1 - NAFTA goes into effect. ... Drum Corps International (DCI), formed in 1972, is the non-profit governing body operating the North American drum and bugle corps circuit for junior corps, whose members are between the ages of 14 and 22. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... The Florida Citrus Bowl (official name is Orlando-Orange County Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium) is a stadium in Orlando, Florida, USA, built for American football and currently seats over 65,000. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Byrd Stadium is the home stadium of the University of Maryland Terrapins football team as well as the mens lacrosse team. ... Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Drum Corps International (DCI), formed in 1972, is the non-profit governing body operating the North American drum and bugle corps circuit for junior corps, whose members are between the ages of 14 and 22. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Camp Randall Stadium was built in 1917 and is the current home of the Wisconsin Badgers football team. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
Ralph Wilson Stadium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (481 words)
Ralph Wilson Stadium is a football stadium located in the Town of Orchard Park, a suburb of Buffalo, New York.
The construction of the stadium and its location were the source of years of litigation, which ended with a huge financial settlement for a developer who had planned to erect an all-weather stadium in Amherst, New York.
The stadium originally had a capacity of 80,020, however it was refurbished in 1998 with superior quality seating, reducing overall capacity.
Ralph C. Wilson Jr. - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (220 words)
Wilson was a pillar of the league, fielding the only AFL team that went to post-season play for four consecutive years, 1963 through 1966.
Wilson made professional football a resounding success in a "small market", signing such stars as Hall of Famers Cookie Gilchrist, Jack Kemp, and Tom Sestak.
After the original naming rights deal on the Bills' current stadium expired in 1998, the facility's name was changed from Rich Stadium to Ralph Wilson Stadium.
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