When the Bills have a new lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the powers-that-be in Erie County want to be certain that it won’t be easy for the team to leave if/when the franchise is sold following the passing of the nonagenarian for whom the venue is named.
According to the Buffalo News, Eric County executive Mark Poloncarz wants an “ironclad” lease that the team won’t be able to break during its anticipated duration of 10-to-15 years.
“That’s all part of the negotiations,” Poloncarz said. “I want to ensure that we have a lease that keeps the Bills here for many years to come.”
To get terms that will make it difficult if not impossible for the team to move, the negotiating process will require Erie County to make extra concessions, such as cheaper rent or a greater contribution toward expected renovations.
It will be a small price to pay to ensure that the team won’t be able to move.
The current lease expires in July 2013. Poloncarz previously has said he hopes to have a basic understanding in place by the end of July 2012.