ECC is transferring just under 57 acres of land near Abbott Road, which previously had the college’s athletic fields, to Erie County in order to make way for the construction of the new Buffalo Bills stadium.
After that, the land, 56.9 acres to be exact, will go to New York State.
The community college says they will be moving their athletic fields to their North Campus, where the college plans to work with the Town of Amherst, building new baseball and soccer fields.
New stadium plans call for 283.42 acres of land to be used. The new facility would be built across the street from Highmark Stadium on Abbott Road between Southwestern Boulevard and Big Tree Road, where Lot 2, Lot 3 and the current bus and limo lots are located. A large plaza is part of the plan, as well as a new operations building south of the new facility and a number of new parking lots.
The current stadium would be demolished and turned into a large parking lot for fans going to events there. Some current buildings, including the Bills Store, the AdPro Sports Training Center and the Delaware North commissary building, will remain in their present locations.
The Bills plan to have the new stadium opened in time for the 2026 season.