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A Helpful Guide to Highmark Stadium

by Leap on January 19, 2024
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Go Bills! Highmark Stadium in Buffalo, NY is home to the legendary NFL team, the Buffalo Bills! Towering over Orchard Park, Highmark Stadium stands as a testament to the passion for sports that runs deep within the community. Beyond its role as a football haven, though, Highmark Stadium has played host to a diverse range of events, including shows, community events and concerts. Read on to learn everything you need to know about the illustrious venue!

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Overview of Highmark Stadium

The oldest stadium used by the NFL, Highmark Stadium is a legendary venue in professional football. Acting as a beacon of excitement since its grand opening in 1973, this multi-purpose facility has housed the Buffalo Bills for its entire 50-year history. While primarily used for football games, Highmark has hosted various concerts and shows put on by well-known artists in the industry, including Metallica, Billy Joel, Beyonce and The Rolling Stones.

Construction is currently underway on a brand-new stadium, right next to the current one. It is expected to open in 2026 and will retain the same Highmark name. The new structure is expected to hold about 62,000 fans once it officially opens!

Location of Highmark Stadium

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Highmark Stadium is located at 1 Bills Drive, Orchard Park, NY. It is close to highways such as I-90 or Route 219. Onsite parking is available as well as rideshare pick-up and drop-off. A convenient lot designated for rideshare use is located on the western end of the ECC South Campus. Public transportation to the venue is provided by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA), specifically the Metro Game Day Express line.

Parking at Highmark Stadium

Driving to the stadium? Parking lots open four hours before and two hours after kickoff (while gates open two hours before kickoff). Season parking permits may be available for purchase. Singular game parking passes are not sold in advance. Most stadium-affiliated parking lots cost $40 for a regular-sized vehicle. Keep in mind that all parking lots at Highmark Stadium are cashless, accepting only credit cards for event day transactions.

Designated accessible parking spaces are available for fans with disabilities in Lot 2 ADA or Lot 6 ADA. There is also a designated parking lot specifically for buses and limousines, in a section called the Tailgate Village. Be sure to purchase your parking pass in advance to secure your spot.

Seating at Highmark Stadium

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There are three main tiers for Highmark Stadium seating — 100s, 200s and 300s. The seating capacity is usually about 71,608, but 71,870 for football games. Two particular areas provide a more family-friendly atmosphere to watch the game from — the Buffalo Bills No Alcohol Corner (sections 225, 226 and 227) and the M&T Family Zone (section 105).

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What to Know Before You Go to Highmark Stadium

Be sure to note this important information before heading to the stadium:

  • Bag policy — Clear bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" or a non-clear clutch up to 6.5" x 4.5".
  • Permitted items include binoculars, blankets, cameras (6-inch lenses or smaller) and seat cushions. Food is permitted if unopened, single serve in a clear plastic bag.
  • Common prohibited items to avoid include bottles, coolers, selfie sticks, strollers and umbrellas. (Be sure to check the full prohibited items list for more details.)
  • Remember the stadium is cashless, so be sure to bring your credit or debit card. There are not any ATMs available.
  • Concessions are available throughout the stadium. Sometimes they even offer unique dishes named after the specific game of that day!

First time attending a Buffalo Bills game? Head to any Guest Services booth to get a certificate from Billy Buffalo!

Upcoming Events at Highmark Stadium

Here are some of the upcoming events at Highmark:

Are you planning on attending an event at Highmark Stadium sometime soon? Let us know in the comments below!

Related: A Fan's Guide to the Buffalo Bills

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Apr 18, 2024 at 3:35 p.m.
lisa Says...

are there any restuarants close by that offer shuttles to the stadium??

Apr 16, 2024 at 6:46 p.m.
Ginger Garrison Says...

I will be attending the Luke Combs concert at Highmark Stadium for the Saturday April 20th show. I have floor general admission tickets. What is the best gate to enter and what section will lead to the floor access? Thank you.


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