Ralph Wilson Stadium (originally Rich Stadium) is a football stadium, located in the town of Orchard Park
, a suburb of Buffalo, New York. It is the home for the Buffalo Bills, of the NFL. The stadium is named after Pro Football Hall of Famer, Buffalo Bills founder and current owner Ralph Wilson.
Other sporting events:
On January 1, 2008, the Buffalo Sabres hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2008 NHL Winter Classic.The Penguins won 2–1 in a shootout, but, despite the loss, over 71,000 fans showed up making it the best attended NHL Winter Classic to date.
The stadium annually hosts the region's Section VI high school football playoffs.The opening ceremony of the 1993 Summer Universiade was held at the stadium.Adjacent to the stadium is 1,800-seat Jim Ball Field, the home field for Erie Community College's football team.
Occasional concerts that had high demand were prominently held at the stadium during the 1970's through 2001. This including The Grateful Dead, as documented on their Truckin' Up to Buffalo CD/DVD on July 4, 1989. The Who played the stadium on the their 1982 "Farewell" Tour and 1989 Tour. The last concert at the stadium in 2001 was an 'N Sync concert with Dream as a supporting act. The Rolling Stones played the stadium in 1978, 1981, and 1997.
Concert appearances began to wane in the 1990's at the stadium. No concerts have been held at the stadium since 2001.This was due to the availability of other venues in Western New York such as Art Park in Lewiston
, New York, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Corfu, New York, the Thursday at the Square series, and First Niagara Center
, which opened in 1996, replacing Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in downtown Buffalo.