Orchard Park, NY (WBEN) - Lietanant Governor Robert Duffy is among the dignitaries getting a look at the renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium Tuesday, on a day when the team unveiled a new partnership that will bring Duff's chicken wings to the stadium next season.
| The Buffalo Bills have announced a partnership with Duff's Wings to have four concession stands at Ralph Wilson Stadium serve their wings
Duff’s will serve boneless wings along with bone-in and boneless wings in the suites and clubs.
“Duff's is very excited to be partnering with the Buffalo Bills in the newly renovated Ralph Wilson Stadium,” said Duff’s co-owner Ron Duff. “This partnership brings together two of Buffalo's greatest traditions, the Bills and chicken wings!”
In addition to providing Bills fans with their famous wings on gamedays, various Duff’s locations will host four editions of the John Murphy Show throughout the year, giving fans an opportunity to dig in and participate in Q&As with Murph as he broadcasts live. The partnership also includes print advertising in the Bills GameDay Magazine and schedule key tags.
“These renovations are being made with the fans in mind and will tremendously enhance the game day experience for all. The Governor’s administration is committed to keeping the Bills in Western New York, and with these stadium upgrades we are helping to cement the Bills not only as an iconic team, but as a driver of major economic development and jobs in the region." Duffy said.
" I am very excited to see these investments coming together, and look forward to seeing the finished products throughout the upcoming seasons,” Duffy said.
Poloncarz said, “The renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium will upgrade the fans’ experience in ways never imagined when the stadium was built. This investment underscores our commitment to keeping the Bills in Erie County and giving Bills fans the amenities and experiences enjoyed by their counterparts around the NFL."
"From the fan’s perspective, these improvements will make game day better in many ways, and we look forward to the completion of this project,” he said in a prepared statement from the Governor's office.
Russ Brandon, President and CEO of the Buffalo Bills, said, “The exterior concourse is increasing significantly in size, allowing us to make improvements that will dramatically change the experience of attending a Bills’ game for fans. The fun will begin as soon as ticket holders walk through the gates -- with more entertainment, a wider variety of food and a bigger better video screen.”
From The Governor's Office, here's a list of the renovation projects that are underway:
- · Entrance gates are being pushed out toward the street, creating a much larger exterior concourse outside the stadium walls and allowing for live entertainment. Six new “super gates” will have additional entry lanes, and each gate will have a video board to show pregame shows and highlights. An aerial view of the stadium with this project can be found here.
- · A huge 8,500 square foot Bills Store is being built behind the scoreboard with a glass exterior and a large Bills logo creating the stadium’s signature look. The store can be accessed from the stadium or from the outside on nongame days. A rendering of the store from outside the stadium can be found here.
- · The current scoreboard will remain approximately the same size, but its video screen is now about 60 feet wider. New technology has also been used to create a crisper picture.
- · Fans sitting in front of that scoreboard will have two smaller video scoreboards that they can view without having to turn around.
- · Other changes include a new Bills-themed East End Lounge with food and drinks; an extensive rewiring project to expand wireless capabilities; a new commissary building for Delaware North; a “freshening up” of the lower-bowl concourse; a refurbishing of concession stands to provide more variety; and 22 percent more restroom space. Renderings of the new concession space and concourse can be found here, here and here.
- · The project has a long list of other changes that include safety upgrades; work to meet standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act and infrastructure repairs.