Review of "The Ralph" to begin

Oct 21, 2011

Ralph Wilson Stadium is in need of an extensive facelift expected to cost tens of millions in taxpayer dollars in a project that would be tied to the Bills renewing their lease within two years.

Bills CEO Russ Brandon says the team has hired a world-leading architectural firm to conduct a thorough study of what improvements are necessary to upgrade the stadium's existing structure and add fan-friendly, revenue-generating enhancements.

The Kansas City-based Populous designed Coca-Cola Field in downtown Buffalo, as well as New England's Gillette Stadium and Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. They also renovated Arrowhead Stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Former Bills' linebacker Scott Radecic is a vice president with Populous. He says the team hired his firm four months ago. The study to determine the extent and cost of the renovations should be completed by the end of the year.

Erie County Executive Chris Collins has estimated the cost of the renovations at between $40 and $100 million.