The Buffalo Bills christened the stadium on August 17, 1973. It originally had a seating capacity of over 80,000, consisting of three decks of blue and red seats. The lower and second levels of seats circle the entire Fieldturf playing field. An upper level of seats are located on both sides of the playing field. The playing field is located 50 feet below ground level, eliminating long walks to the upper deck. Through its history, the stadium has underwent many changes over the years. In 1984, the stadium’s capacity was increased to 80,290 with the addition of 16 executive suites, and in 1992, 24 more executive suites were added. More additions were completed in 1994. The Red Zone and Goal Line clubs, that are enclosed of glass and consist of 500 seats were added along with 14 executive suites. The main addition in 1994 was a massive 31.5ft high and 41.5ft wide JumboTron video/scoreboard. In 1998 the seating capacity was reduced to just under 74,000, as new larger seats were installed. This addition also included more luxury and club seats. In 2007, a new 88ft by 32ft HD video/scoreboard was installed and replaced the old Sony Jumbotron. Electronic ribbon boards were also installed in the interior.
In December 2012, the Bills, the State of New York and Erie County officials agreed on a 10-year lease agreement keeping the Bills at Buffalo until 2023. The agreement includes $130 million in improvements to the stadium. Renovations included a new west size plaza, updated concessions, bathrooms, an 8,000 square foot Bills team store and a new 5,400 square foot HD video/scoreboard. This project was completed by the 2014 season. In August 2016 the Bills sold the naming rights to Ralph Wilson Stadium to New Era Cap Company. Prior to the start of the 2020 season, New Era and the Bills ended their naming rights agreement. The stadium is now known as Bills Stadium.
Tenant: Buffalo Bills (NFL)