A report identifying potential sites for a new Bills stadium had been expected to be released on Friday. It wasn’t.
Per the Associated Press, the target for the release of the report has moved to the end of the month.
The delay, according to the AP, resulted from the significant volume of information to be processed. One option continues to be the current home of the team — Ralph Wilson Stadium.
“I’ve said all along the one thing we cannot do is take off the table Ralph Wilson Stadium,” Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz told the AP. “We’re investing $130 million there, one of the reasons it was done was not only to make it good for the next five to ten years, but many years thereafter. After the investments we’re doing now it’s going to be a different stadium and when people go there this fall they’re going to realize that it’s still very viable to have ‘the Ralph’ as the home of the Bills.”
Regardless of the potential options identified by the L.A. firm hired to prepare the report, the new owner will have a major say in what ultimately happens. Especially since the lease allows the Bills to exit with a buyout clause after the 2019 season. And since the lease expires after the 2022 season.
While few expect the Bills to move to a place like L.A., the threat of a move could be the primary catalyst for whatever the new owner wants. No one will know what the new owner wants until we know who the new owner is.