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UB Stadium
"The Bullpen"
UB Stadium Wide.JPG
UB Stadium, 2012
Location Webster Road
Amherst, NY 14221
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Broke ground September 17, 1991
Opened September 4, 1993 (UB football)
Expanded 1999
Owner University at Buffalo
Operator University at Buffalo
Surface A-Turf Titan (2014-pres)
Momentum Turf (2005-2013)
Natural grass (1993-2004)
Construction cost $23 million
($35 million in 2018 dollars)[1]
Architect HOK Sport
Tenants Buffalo Bulls (NCAA)
Football (1993–present)
Women's soccer (1993-present)
Men's track and field (1993–present)
Women's track and field (1993–present)
Men's soccer (1993–2017)
Capacity 25,013 (2017-present)

29,013[2] (1999-2017) 15,000 (1993-1999)

UB Stadium is a stadium in Amherst, New York. It is primarily used for football, soccer, 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.[3]

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 1993 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. The stadium was the primary venue for the 1995 World Masters Athletics Championships.

Location and configurationEdit

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 has a capacity of approximately 25,000. The sideline seating areas consist of two main grandstands which hold 15,000 (7,500 each). A large bleacher grandstand in the southern end of the stadium has a seating capacity of approximately 10,000. There is additional space on the north and south ends of the field level that is utilized as a standing room only space which accommodates approximately 3,000, though this is not factored into the capacity of the stadium.

In 1999, the school added two rounded bleacher sections to UB stadium, raising the capacity to above 29,000. The southern section holds 10,000. Two half-sections were constructed in the north endzone, both with a capacity of 3,000 each (6,000 total). In October 2017, demolition work commenced on the northern endzones of the stadium in preparation for the program's new 92,000 square-foot, $18 million field house.[4] The demolition of the bleachers brought the stadium's capacity down to about 25,000.

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