ORCHARD PARK NY - NOVEMBER 28: James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers rises after hitting Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buffalo Bills during their game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 28 2010 in Orchard Park New York. Harrison was flagged for roughing the passer during the play. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
On Monday, a reader pointed out to us that Erie County had begun seeking bids for a "stadium artificial grass replacement" at Ralph Wilson Stadium. By the end of the week, The Buffalo News had confirmed the story with Buffalo Bills VP of Communications Scott Berchtold.
"We have played eight seasons on the current turf, which has reached its life expectancy, and the grass fibers are breaking down under normal use," Berchtold told the News. "Only the carpet needs to be replaced, and this does not involve the asphalt sub-base or the draining system."
The report indicates that the playing surface upgrade is just one part of about $2.8 million in stadium renovations that Erie County will be footing the bill for this year.