A Look Back At The Original Home Of The Buffalo Bills [Photos]
With the exception of the first game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Bills are firing on all cylinders and it seems like the off-the-field 'stadium talk' has been replaced with their performance on the field.
But what are the Buffalo Bills going to do for a new home? Will they refurbish their current digs (no, not Stefon) or build a brand new state-of-the-art stadium to entertain the masses that are vaccinated.
Whatever the Bills decide to do, it's nice to look back on the original home of the boys wearing red, white, and blue. Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium. And according to photographer Karl Josker:
Buffalo's War Memorial Stadium opened in 1938, as Civic Stadium, constructed as a WPA project. It was home to the Buffalo Bills until 1972 and remained a baseball and soccer facility until 1988, when it was mostly demolished, leaving only the two main entrances, with an athletic field built behind them.
It was affectionately or derisively known as the "Rockpile" depending on one's perspective. It was the stadium used in the filming of 1984's movie, "The Natural."
I remember "The Natural" being filmed here and the call out for extras to fill the stands. Most fans in the stands were Western New Yorkers and to make for a larger crowd, cutouts were used to fill the void. Seems like Hollywood was ahead of the curve in filling empty seats.
Take a look to see where the Buffalo Bills played when they actually won back-to-back AFL titles in 1964 and 1965.
Although I was too young to watch the Bills inside the Rockpile, my grandparents held season tickets from the inception of the team until 2002 when my grandmother passed away. I was fortunate enough to accompany her to every home game thru the entire season that year. I guess it's not where you experience the game, it's who you experience that game with. GO BILLS!
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