Bills fan uses over 30,000 Legos to build Ralph Wilson Stadium replica (photos)
Robert J. Hall has been a devoted fan of the Buffalo Bills for many, many years. A season ticket holder since the 1970s, Hall, a 57-year-old resident of Oakville, Ontario, has another passion in his life almost as profound as his love for his favorite football team: a dedication to the hobby of constructing Lego replicas.
Those two pastimes united in an undertaking Hall began in January of 2008: constructing a replica of Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of the Bills since 1973.
His labor of Lego love required over 30,000 Legos and far too many hours to count. Every detail was meticulously covered, including a fully-functioning video display. Hall also printed stickers for yard markers and the Wall of Fame, going so far as matching the fonts of the lettering inside the stadium.
Hall took detailed photos of the actual Ralph Wilson Stadium from all angles while attending home games and printed hundreds of stadium charts to ensure total accuracy in the 20-foot-long, 3-foot-deep Lego replica. He said he “had a lot of Legos” to start the project, “but had to buy additional Legos from eBay in bulk.”
Photo gallery of Hall’s masterpiece follows.
While incredibly impressive in its completed form, the project did not go off without a hitch, and to say there weren’t some major problems along the way would be an understatement, as evidenced by this account of a nightmare scenario that occurred shortly before completion:
“I was leaning over the corner of the stadium where the M&T Bank sign is trying to place a yard marker on the field, and the plastic stool collapsed,” said Hall. “I fell right into the corner of the stadium and smashed it to smithereens. It pushed the field 2-3 inches forward and the part of the stadium that overhangs the table fell on the ground. I cried.”
But relying on the steely resolve developed over years of heartache following his team, Hall soldiered on, completing the massive testament to his status as a die-hard Bills fan, something he is immensely proud to be. Said Hall, ““There’s nothing better than a Bills fan and Western New Yorkers,” adding, “I thought, I could do this, and show all of the other NFL fans what being a Buffalo Bills fan is all about.”
[images, etc. via the Official Website of the Buffalo Bills]