The Bills also cited internal research that indicated ticket-buying fans preferred the suburban location.
“We’ve spent years studying the various locations and we know unequivocally that Orchard Park is the most feasible, the most efficient, the most cost-effective location,” Ron Raccuia, the executive vice president of Pegula Sports and Entertainment and the team’s lead negotiator, said in October.
The Bills have hired Kansas City architecture firm Populous to design the stadium.
The new venue is expected to seat between 60,000 and 62,000 fans, with room for up to 5,000 more spectators on a standing-room-only party deck, a capacity in line with historic attendance figures.
A dome was ruled out based on numerous factors, including little to no expected return on investment, but about 80% of the seats will be covered by a partial roof or overhang to protect fans from inclement weather.
The stadium is expected to have a grass field and larger footprint than the team’s current 70,000-seat venue – about 1.5 million square feet, compared to about 900,000 square feet – which will allow for larger seats and concourses, other enhanced amenities and will help streamline gameday operations, PSE officials have said.