Earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills announced a new naming rights sponsor for their home stadium. The team will now play their home games at Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Stadium, Highmark Stadium for short, for the next 10 years. (This is not to be confused with Rochester’s Blue Cross Arena, where the Amerks play AHL hockey.)
All in all, it’s not a bad name for the stadium. I mean, the Bills have gotten high marks for their work over the past few years, so it’s fitting that the home venue reflects the new standards established in the process. The main reasons I don’t like this name are: (1) the Tommy Wiseau references (“oh hi Mark”) and (2) they could’ve done better.
So I, along with some of the BF contributors, compiled a list of 10 alternative names for the Buffalo Bills stadium. Some are practical, and some are rather silly, but all are better than the new name.
They are listed in no particular order.
1.) Marv Levy Stadium
I could think of no better way to honor the legendary coach than with the stadium name. I mean, if Ralph Wilson could memorialize himself, why couldn’t the Pegulas do so for Levy? (Though they would likely have to rename it again if Sean McDermott wins a Super Bowl.)
2.) Wilson Stadium
Nothing says balling like Wilson Sporting Goods. Plus, speaking of the late owner, you could still call it “The Ralph”. (One could also yell “Wilson” like Tom Hanks in Cast Away in celebration or dismay.)
3.) Frank’s Red Hot Bills Stadium
I mean, you put that sh-tuff on everything, right? Why not a professional football stadium. (They just gotta make sure the players have goggles on when they do it.)
4.) Labatt Stadium
When you got a drunk and raucous fanbase, why not name your stadium after one of the most popular main-brand beers in the region? (I’m sure Brother Bill would approve of this choice.)
5.) Champion Stadium
The Bills are contenders now, so why shouldn’t their home turf reflect that mentality? Enter Champion Apparel. There is no doubt Josh Allen would slay in Champion Stadium (and shorts).
6.) IRS Stadium
Why? Because the Bills are due … to win a ring.
7.) Clint (Wilson) Energy Stadium
When opponents come to Buffalo, they have to ask themselves: (*squints eyes*) “Do I feel lucky? Well, do you, punk?”
8.) Buffalo Bills Stadium for American Football in Orchard Park, a Suburb of Buffalo
Kinda wordy, but it gets the point across.
9.) Big Baller Beane’s Candy Factory at Nestlé Stadium
If you wanna pay players in candy, you gotta go all in. Plus, the player recruiting pitch writes itself:
10.) Josh Allen Stadium
Allen is the face of the franchise now. Plus, speaking of alternative compensation, they could’ve made the naming rights part of his upcoming extension. What a missed opportunity.
What do you think of the new name Bills Mafia? Do you prefer any of these options? Did we miss any? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@zvaughn2712).
*I’d like to thank Adam “The Chief” Nannini, Erich Schmidt, and Jeramy Allen for their contributions to this piece.