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Buffalo Bills to spend $18 million in renovations for practice facility

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With this expansion, the Bills are in the gunning for the best performance facility in the NFL.

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The Buffalo Bills are adding a whole new world to their ADPRO Sports Training Center. Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula are shelling out $18 million to renovate the practice facility, continuing their overall upgrades for the Bills’ home in Orchard Park.

“The Pegulas said they wanted best in class,” head strength and conditioning coach Eric Ciano told BuffaloBills.com. “They wanted the best facility in the NFL. Their main question was, ‘What can we do to help our players succeed? We would go to all avenues to do that.’ There aren’t many teams in this league that would go to the lengths we are to help our players succeed on the field and keep so many of these things in house.”

The renovations include an additional 25-thousand square feet, upgrades to the weight room, space for sleep pods, float tanks, a yoga studio, and a massage room. Individual rooms for chiropractic needs and massages are also included. The addition will be two-stories and will connect the fieldhouse and the administrative building.

“Besides appealing to free agents, having our guys want to stay here in the offseason will be big,” said Ciano. “We hope players want to stay here in the winter because we have the best facilities available. So, they’ll use those facilities and stay around and that will help us in the long run as a team as well.”

Each player recovers and deals with injuries differently and the versatility will help the training staff cope with different needs that cater to the players.

The renovations are scheduled to begin in the fall and should be done in April of 2019, just in time for the team to return to offseason activities.

“We’re excited to lead the construction of the Bills’ expanded training facilities, and we’re grateful to Terry and Kim Pegula and the entire Buffalo Bills organization for once again trusting Arc Building Partners to deliver a dynamic project,” President Frank Ciminelli of Arc Building Partners said in an email. “These upgrades will create a truly premier, state-of-the-art facility, complete with the space and tools needed to allow Bills players to train and prepare for success on the field. Our job is to bring this vision for the training center into reality, and we’re thrilled to get to work. As our team pushes toward completion of the sideline club renovation project inside New Era Field, we plan to put the training facility effort on a fast-track for completion and delivery by mid-April 2019.”

The Bills have a lease signed at their current location through 2023, but have the option to opt out in 2020. This sort of price tag for a new training facility might indicate the Bills aren’t interested in moving from their current location anytime soon.