Crews are on-site in Orchard Park and the heavy equipment is moving as work is currently underway on the new Buffalo Bills stadium.
The $1.5 billion project is one of the largest construction projects in state history.
This comes after the plans passed the final hurdle earlier this month, getting the green light in a unanimous vote from the Erie County Legislature.
The funding is a mix of public and private money, but any cost overruns will be picked up by the team in full.
The NFL, through its G4 loan program, and the Bills agreed to commit $550 million in financing, with team owners Terry and Kim Pegula’s share coming in at $350 million, with much of that made up by the team introducing seat licenses for season ticket holders. The Bills are also responsible for covering any construction over-runs beyond $1.4 billion. The state is committing $600 million toward constructions costs as well as another $280 million to cover maintenance and operational costs over the 30-year period. The state is taking over sole control of the new stadium after previously sharing the lease with the county.
The deal includes a community benefits agreement in which the Bills will commit $3 million annually toward social, educational purposes and the economic health of the region. The Bills also agreed to include a public transportation hub as well as sidewalks and pathways for fans and employees to access the facility.
The new stadium will be directly across the street from Highmark Stadium.
The plan is to have it open in time for the 2026 season.