University at Buffalo Stadium
|University at Buffalo Stadium|
Amherst, NY 14221
|Broke ground||September 17, 1991|
|Opened||September 4, 1993 (UB football)|
|Owner||University at Buffalo|
|Operator||University at Buffalo|
|Surface||Momentum Turf 2005 to present
Natural grass 1993 to 2004
|Construction cost||$23 million
($37.5 million in 2014 dollars)
(Football, track and field, men's and women's soccer) (NCAA) (1993-present)
University at Buffalo Stadium is a stadium in Amherst, New York. It is primarily used for football and track and field events, and is the home field of the Buffalo Bulls. It opened on September 4, 1993, with a game against the University of Maine.
The stadium was built from 1991 to 1993 as the final piece of the school's "Run to Division I" drive, meant to bring UB football back to Division I status and as the feature athletics venue for the 1991 Summer Universiade. The program had been dropped for seven years in the 1970s, but returned at a lower level. The team had played at a much smaller, 4,000-seat UB Stadium (now known as Walter Kunz Stadium) from the time of its move to the Town of Amherst north of Buffalo in 1985 until 1992. The current stadium opened in the summer of 1993, hosting the World University Games. The Bulls played their first six years in the stadium as a member of Division I-AA, finally making their return to Division I-A in 1999.
The stadium consists of a north-south field surrounded by an eight-lane track. There are the original double-decked grandstands on either sideline spanning the entire length of the football field, a large bleacher grandstand around the south end of the track, and two shorter bleacher sections on the north side with the free-standing scoreboard located between them. The stadium is lit by the four large light towers near the corners of the stadium.
The stadium hosted the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Empire State Games on July 21, 2010.
Location and Configuration
The stadium is located at the east side of UB's North Campus. Students typically walk to the stadium from the Ellicott Complex, Greiner Hall, and the Governors Complex or take the UB Stampede buses directly to Alumni Arena, which is nearby.
UB Stadium consists of two main grandstands which hold 21,000. These two grandstands are flanked by large rounded grandstands to the northern and southern sides of the stadium.
The north grandstand consists of two sets of bleachers that are out of use. When used, the north grandstand has a capacity of 2,000. The south grandstand currently has a capacity of 8,000.
As part of the University at Buffalo's UB2020 plan, the stadium will be expanded and refurnished to match up with other large competing college football stadiums. The Northern bleachers are set to be demolished and replaced by a state-of-the-art indoor field house, alongside a running track and cardiovascular center.
Home to Thunder of the East Marching Band
The Stadium is home to UB's Thunder of the East Marching Band.
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