New Era Field to install new turf playing surface


As part of a number of off-season renovations at New Era Field, home to the NFL’s Buffalo Bills, a new turf playing surface will be installed for the 2019 season kick-off.

The 71,870-seater venue, which is owned by Erie County and leased to the NFL franchise, will benefit from US$3m from the county for annual renovations, including a new artificial turf playing surface.

The last time the surface was replaced was in 2011, which has, up to now, managed to withstand the weather from extreme winters and annual snow dumps.

In 2018, the Bills carried out US$18m in renovations to the stadium to expand the team’s practice facility and improve premium seating and signage.

With the Buffalo Bills’ lease set to expire in 2023, the team could renew as it did in 2014 (which came with US$130m in renovations as part of the deal). However, it has been publically announcing its consideration of rebuilding elsewhere by asking its fans what they would rather prefer.

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