Bills finds an architect to design a new stadium

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ORCHARD PARK, NY (WIVB) — The Buffalo Bills have tapped architectural firm Populous to design their new stadium in Orchard Park, a person familiar with the hire confirms.

Athletic first announced the hiring of Populous on Thursday.

A final agreement between the Bills, New York State and Erie County to build the new stadium has yet to be announced. But Governor Kathy Hochul said last week she believed it would be finalized in time to be included in the state budget, which is due April 1.

The team and Populous are no strangers to each other. Populous was chosen by the Bills in 2013 to lead a massive $130 million renovation project at what is now called Highmark Stadium.

“Populous has a strong reputation in the sports industry for its innovative and aggressive approach to stadium design and renovation,” Bills CEO Russ Brandon said at the time.

Populous also worked on the ADPRO Training Center across from the Highmark Stadium parking lot.

The new stadium is expected to be open-air and located across Abbott Rd. from the current facility. Studies estimate that construction would cost around $1.4 billion.

Chris Horvatits is an award-winning journalist who joined the News 4 team in December 2017. See more of his work here.

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