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Report: Cuomo isn’t completely sold on Bills needing a new stadium

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The Bills are making improvements to Ralph Wilson Stadium, but the real question is whether they will eventually replace their home in Orchard Park, New York.

And as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly sees it, the Bills might not need new digs.

According to the Buffalo News, Cuomo told reporters Tuesday night that the state, while open to perhaps helping to build a new stadium, would have to believe it was a necessity to take part in the process.

“The state would do its part; the county would do its part, but only if you really need a new stadium, which, frankly, I am not convinced of,” Cuomo said, according to the News. “It would be more a function of what the new buyer and the NFL say is the condition to keep it here. We have to see how it develops down the road.”

In February, Cuomo named five people to a committee charged with exploring new stadium options for the Bills.

According to the News, Cuomo expressed a similar restrained view on a new Bills stadium earlier in June.

“If it’s a modification of the existing stadium, great, because we’re already going down that road. If they say, ‘We won’t stay unless there’s a new stadium,’ then we’re going to have to probe that discussion. Then it’s about the money … and who’s going to pay,” Cuomo said earlier in the month, per the News.

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29 Responses to “Report: Cuomo isn’t completely sold on Bills needing a new stadium”
  1. kd75 says: Jun 25, 2014 12:27 AM

    Cuomo is too smart to commit to any tax hikes in a re-election year.

    But come late 2015, he will be running for POTUS and I doubt he’ll care about anything that happens after that.

  2. djshnooks says: Jun 25, 2014 12:31 AM

    Yeah he’s not sold on a lot of other things that would be beneficial to the state of NY.

  3. billybone says: Jun 25, 2014 12:35 AM

    Either way, glad to hear there is a strong effort to keep the Bills where they belong….. in Buffalo.

  4. justsomerandomguy24 says: Jun 25, 2014 1:01 AM

    Hey, what do you know?! Some future billionaire owner will want taxpayers to buy them a new stadium by threatening to move to LA! Then, the game will be blacked out so the people who pay for the stadium wont be able to watch the games… what a joke.

  5. slugbaitspace says: Jun 25, 2014 1:18 AM

    Hey Gov, the Bills are the only NFL team in the Great State of New York, with the only NFL stadium in New York.

    New York without a bonafide NFL team? Perish the thought…do your best to keep them there, mmm-kay?

  6. denverdude7 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:43 AM

    NEEDING a new stadium has very little to do with it.

    WANTING a new stadium paid for by someone else complete with a gadjillion luxury boxes has everything to do with it.

    Hasn’t Andrew Cuomo noticed that what the NFL wants the NFL gets? Even if one of the results is that our children’s education suffers or the average persons quality of life is impacted by having to pay higher taxes or fees of some kind?

    Sheesh Andrew, where have you been?

  7. joetoronto says: Jun 25, 2014 3:44 AM

    He actually thinks that the dump of all dumps doesn’t need to be replaced, wow.

  8. uglydingo says: Jun 25, 2014 5:05 AM

    Good responsible comment from Governor Cuomo. However, it does seem ironic that the NFL is making money hand over fist (Roger got paid $44 million last year) and the State government is desperate for funds, that any large expenditure on a new facility is expected to be significantly covered by the taxpayers.
    No politician of either party will want to be seen as responsible for letting the Bills depart Buffalo but no politician can afford to pick up a very big tab.
    This could all have been avoided if Ralph had found his successor and transitioned the minority ownership to full ownership over his latter years.
    It would be easy for Commissioner Goodell to come out saying he wants the Bills to stay in Buffalo but does anyone else notice his complete silence. The team will ultimately go to the highest bidder and there is a risk the Bills depart. Politicians don’t want to be saddled with the lump of over $600 million in debt for a new stadium.

  9. dcapettini says: Jun 25, 2014 6:00 AM

    Only New York seems to have avoided subsidizing the NFL with publicly funded stadiums. Their genius is to have neighboring states fund its stadiums by putting them outside New York. Maybe he can get the Hosers to build the Bills a stadium in Toronto or some closer Canadian community. How about Erie, Pa. I bet they’d love to build the Bills a stadium along the lakefront.

  10. regishawk says: Jun 25, 2014 6:18 AM

    Very brave for 5-6 years out from the lease expiring and the team making relocation noises.

  11. bonerchamp says: Jun 25, 2014 6:21 AM

    The Ralph is a dump.

  12. 315judman says: Jun 25, 2014 6:29 AM

    Thank you for providing a new owner some wiggle room for moving the team, Andy! Well done!

  13. nnagi says: Jun 25, 2014 7:47 AM

    Is Cuomo serious? The Bills are LA bound

  14. gbart22 says: Jun 25, 2014 7:49 AM

    Oh he’s just bitter because nationally democrats don’t much like him at all and his whole ambition was to be the democratic nominee for president pending Hillary.

  15. exboomer says: Jun 25, 2014 7:50 AM

    I can see where Cuomo is coming from since Erie County and NYS are already spending $130 million to upgrade the exterior and some of the interior of the stadium right now. If the new owner/NFL insist on a new stadium that would be wasted money.

  16. limitfive says: Jun 25, 2014 7:53 AM

    If it were the Jets or Giants, he’d be all over it. Anything for down state!

  17. grndizzle says: Jun 25, 2014 8:01 AM

    I’ve been there a few times and I would say they need a new one.
    If Lambeau Field is nicer than your stadium, you need a new one.

  18. dchetz says: Jun 25, 2014 8:02 AM

    well, the location is good (ample room for tailgaiting), and the sight lines are amazing… let’s see how this re-no goes first.

  19. ballboy48 says: Jun 25, 2014 8:24 AM

    Has this guy been to that stadium? It’s like a run down high school stadium. It’s completely outdated, the seats in the upper deck are medal and uncomfortable, and the concrete is cracked everywhere. I’m surprised “The Ralph” is still standing,

  20. jpaq68 says: Jun 25, 2014 8:54 AM

    Cuomo is a scumbag just like his old man was, or still is I suppose. He’ll string Bufallo (the city) along and screw them over when the election cycle is over.

    Beware people of Buffalo – this guy is not in your corner and doesn’t care a lick about what is important to you or what you want. I wouln’t believe him if he said rain was wet.

  21. jeffreyshulenburg says: Jun 25, 2014 8:55 AM

    Great! Ive been of the opinion that the Bills dont need the new stadium. Not for the taxpayer dollars but for what the team is. And what the city is. Tough, could and without frills. We dont need climate control. We dont need a roof. We dont need restaurants and bars with views of the field. All the people need are more comfortable seats, more affordable beer and something worth watching on the field.

    If you build a new stadium, we wont be able to afford coming to games any more. We like our cheap seats and we like our cheap stadium.

    The best option for Buffalo is to do a major refit of RWS. Like what Aarowhead, Soldier field and Lambeau have done. Add a little protection to the upper levels in the form of a sun shade like Lincoln to block the snow and wind from those highest up. Replace the metals benches with something more comfortable for the winter games. Thats all you need to do.

  22. ihatethejets23 says: Jun 25, 2014 10:44 AM

    I love Ralph Wilson Stadium. The game experience is awesome, and I think a new stadium is a waste of money and land.

  23. meldboy says: Jun 25, 2014 10:54 AM

    God I hope this joker doesn’t get reelected in November.

  24. kwickett85 says: Jun 25, 2014 11:05 AM

    They’re currently doing $130 million in renovations to the stadium. A new one right now would just be dumb.

  25. billswillnevermove says: Jun 25, 2014 12:23 PM

    joetoronto says:Jun 25, 2014 3:44 AM

    He actually thinks that the dump of all dumps doesn’t need to be replaced, wow.
    ________________________________

    Not any more so than that dump in Toronto called Rogers Centre (SkyDome).

  26. iloveagoodnap says: Jun 25, 2014 12:35 PM

    Goodell has made it abundantly clear that the Bills may very well stay in Buffalo, but if so, they need a new stadium. Other owners (Mara, Kahn etc) have all said exactly the same thing.

    Cumo knows this and just is being wishy-washy about it now, because theres not yet a new owner, and not yet something written in stone about their need for a new stadium.

  27. misteranderson41 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:40 PM

    i would try and use the same roofing strategy that they were going to try at farmer’s field in la…a deloyable etfe roof….for the layman its basically a carrier dome, ie inflatable, roof that can retract, but instead of retract, its deflated and recoiled into the roofing structure on either side….basically take the seahawks stadium and span the carrier dome between it and make that a variable roof….that way you can have the cold weather advantage and then close the roof for winter events to generate revenue. its all about can i be making more money with a better stadium….thats why the raiders left la, they were leaving money on the table with a shotty stadium

  28. simonator917 says: Jun 25, 2014 5:32 PM

    Translation: “hey buddy, you forgot to bring along your bribe money.”

  29. mackcarrington says: Jun 25, 2014 7:14 PM

    I’ve seen this movie before. It’s becoming a replay
    of Los Angeles. The NFL declared that the Coliseum was no longer viable as an NFL stadium, but the local politicians kept pushing for it to be “remodeled”, and never fully supported any private attempts to build. Now the NFL has told Buffalo that in a few years, The Ralph will no longer be viable for the NFL. The politicians are going to continue to push renovations for the Ralph at the expense of losing out on a new stadium. Can’t wait to see how this plays out.

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