The Buffalo Bills have purchased extra land near their practice field in Orchard Park to build another grass practice field, a source said. Compared to most other NFL practice facilities, the Bills space is limited.
There is no indication that this is a step toward staying in OP long term. At the league meetings, the team made it clear it is in no hurry to build a new stadium, be it at its current location or downtown. The team has invested a significant amount of money into upgrading amenities at the ADPRO Sports Training Center.
President Russ Brandon said then that he isn't concerned about Ralph Wilson Stadium's structure.
“The building has great bones, it has great sight lines, and it has great tailgating,” he said in Florida. “Do we have the bells and whistles of all the new facilities that are on line today? No. But one of the things is that we’re a volume business. We have a lot of suites, we have a lot of club seats, we have a lot of seats in the building. Everything that we do is affordable. But at the same time, part of adding additional suites and additional club seats at our price points was to stay in line with the new NFL at the time, going all the way back to 1999.
“Obviously, you always have great respect for what your (league) partners” want, “but we have to focus on what makes sense for us, what makes sense for our community, for our business partners.”
The team purchased the land two weeks ago and construction is expected to begin soon.
Of course, it's too soon to read into anything. The Bills could always continue practicing in Orchard Park with a stadium downtown. For now, it appears head coach Rex Ryan and his staff will have more room to work with at One Bills Drive.
The Buffalo Football Report first reported that the team was buying land around the stadium.