Built as a Works Progress Administration project in 1937, Buffalo’s downtown stadium has been known as Civic Stadium, War Memorial Stadium and the Rockpile. Although the stadium names, teams, and leagues have changed over the years, the one constant has been the use of the footprint to play sports. Now known as the Johnnie B. Wiley Sports Pavilion, the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, Streets & Parks, in collaboration with the Johnnie B. Wiley Sports Pavilion, initiated a second phase of renovation projects to preserve the facility.

Trautman Associates was awarded the contract to complete the second phase of improvements, which included:

  • North Tower. Interior renovations of the North Tower included a new interior elevator to make the full building accessible. New ADA toilet rooms on the second and third floors allow for multiple groups to use the building at the same time while keeping portions of the building secure. Two new classrooms on the third floor provide meeting spaces for groups such as the Little Loop football and Little League baseball teams that use the facility. The additional office on the third floor is heated and cooled by a new roof-top HVAC unit and provides space for the Pavilion to expand the community services they house on site.
  • North and South Towers.  Facade restoration was needed to repair considerably deteriorated parapets and decorative features. 
  • Site Work. Improvements to the baseball field including new enclosed dugouts, new bleachers and concrete pads, press box, baseball scoreboard and sound system bring the field up to the standards required for high school competitive play

In coordination with the New York State Office of Historic Preservation, extensive efforts were made to assess the historical significance of the site. Although what remains of the original stadium is no longer on the State Historic Registry, design focused on maintaining the original design aesthetic of the remaining towers. The project was carried out with financial aid from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

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