Reports: Bills plan new stadium in Orchard Park

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The Bills are planning a new outdoor stadium in Orchard Park, New York, according to multiple reports.

Thad Brown of WROC reports the new stadium, which will have a partial covering for fans, will take 3-5 years from start to finish. The Bills could open their new facility as early as 2025, but 2026 or 2027 is more likely.

The team still needs government approvals, including funding, which could delay the timetable, per Brown.

The Bills’ current lease at Highmark Stadium expires in 2023. The team could extend the lease with Erie County and New York, but the Bills are prepared to consider other options for home games, including Toronto and Penn State, Brown reports.

The Bills have played at their current stadium since 1973.

Brown reports the team has hired Legends Global Sales to sell sponsorships and premium seats for the new Bills stadium, and Legends Global Planning will serve as an owner’s consultant.

Both companies are co-owned by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Yankee Global Enterprises.

48 responses to “Reports: Bills plan new stadium in Orchard Park

  1. “Both companies are co-owned by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones”

    Let’s keep the billions of dollars all in the small, happy, NFL family.

  2. The Bills are really good and they should get a new Stadium. They definitely need one

  3. A few seasons back JoeToronto suggested it was “a lock”, a “sure thing” that the Bills would be moving to Toronto. This article sure seems to suggest otherwise. And Toronto, still without an NFL franchise and has no hope of getting one.

  4. Asa Pats fan could make a snarky comment but GREAT for a well deserved fan base. Congratulations BILLS MAFIA !!

  5. This is perfect. Some people want a downtown stadium. However, the miles upon miles of tailgating is what Buffalo is all about. It’s really an amazing scene.

  6. Great news for Bills fans. Will be fun to see snow games and hot sunny games played between Bills and Dolphins. Both teams having bright futures.

  7. The Bills and their awesome fans deserve a new stadium. I hope they set aside affordable seats as well as the posh suites.

  8. This is amazing news as it means the team is staying put where it belongs. Congrats on that. The team doesn’t make a huge profit in terms of NFL teams. Rich Stadium is outdated and anything new is very welcome. Good job Bills and Bills Mafia.

  9. “Public funding” for a league that prints billions each season. What a rip off. If you can’t afford to build the stadium, you should be allowed to own the team.

  10. If it’s gonna be an outdoor stadium, then what’s point?

    Just renovate the current stadium you have and save some money

  11. selgaeinla says:
    June 18, 2021 at 10:39 pm
    “Public funding” for a league that prints billions each season. What a rip off. If you can’t afford to build the stadium, you should be allowed to own the team.

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    This is misunderstanding the benefits to state and counties in the area this stadium will generate. New stadium creates jobs and that increases taxes. The tax rate will be higher for the team. Tourism goes up and the hospitality industry thrives. This creates extra revenue streams through various taxes. Top free-agents will go to newer digs. And if anyone has been to Buffalo they can straight up tell you they are the friendliest humans.

  12. Memo to the Pegulas: Bills fans don’t want a new stadium nor the 4x ticket prices and exorbitant PSL fees that will inevitably accompany it.

    Threatening to play years of this team’s Super Bowl window (and Josh Allen’s prime) elsewhere is as transparent a negotiating ploy as they come. Why should us small market taxpayers fund an upgrade that will only serve to continue to take more money out of our own pockets for years to come?

    You lucked into a great GM, coach, and QB. Please don’t mess this up by over tinkering like you did with the Sabres. If you want a new stadium, then do it right and put up private money for a real downtown event venue.

  13. Oh, and hiring Jerruh just shows how out of touch ownership is with the actual fans that support the team.

  14. Once the CFL goes bankrupt this season, Toronto is a lock for the move. Bills name won’t even go north. The Argos will be the new NFL team name.

  15. I’m assuming it will be much smaller than the stadium they are in now. They can’t even sell out home games.

  16. I firmly believe the cities or counties should pay for the entire stadium. Having an NFL franchise in your city you can’t put a price on. Look at Oakland, in only a few years they’ll lose all three of their teams, mostly due to sick politics. If you want an NFL team, ante up. There’s no NFL in either San Francisco or Oakland anymore. Hard to believe those cities dropped the ball the way they did.

  17. Just plow down the Eastman Kodak facility in Rochester, its larger than Central Park and no one uses film cameras anyway

  18. Let me clear one thing up, in the part of the sentence that includes “because very few get any of the rewards/benefits of this public funding that all taxpayers have to pay for and it’s mostly big businesses” I meant that big businesses that get most of the rewards/benefits of taxpayers paying the cost, I didn’t mean that big businesses pay most of that cost of the stadium by taxes, most of us know that big businesses pay very little if any in taxes because of the way the tax codes are written.

  19. mookie34 says:
    June 19, 2021 at 12:27 am
    Once the CFL goes bankrupt this season, Toronto is a lock for the move. Bills name won’t even go north. The Argos will be the new NFL team name.
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    I’ve enjoyed supporting both the NFL and CFL for decades now. I’ve always been fascinated over the years watching the list of reasons, the list of excuses of why Toronto doesn’t have an NFL team. I have read so many times “it’s a lock”. The reasons people mention may have changed, but the outcome remains the same and a Toronto NFL franchise doesn’t exist. Regarding the name of the “mystery” Toronto NFL team. The TO media has spent years ignoring and mocking the Argonauts name, but somehow that would be the name of the NFL team? Although one of the best names in sport, there is no chance that would happen.

  20. I prefer a downtown Buffalo stadium but if not Batavia does make the most sense.

  21. SparkyGump says:
    June 18, 2021 at 10:03 pm
    The Bills and their awesome fans deserve a new stadium. I hope they set aside affordable seats as well as the posh suites.

    75 18 Rate This

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    Awesome fans? The place used to have empty seats up top and in the corners, year after year, until recently.

    Some places have been sold out for decades with waiting lists.

  22. zor9999 says:
    June 18, 2021 at 9:43 pm
    This is perfect. Some people want a downtown stadium. However, the miles upon miles of tailgating is what Buffalo is all about. It’s really an amazing scene.

    104 18 Rate This

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    You clearly haven’t been to Foxborough where they’ve been sold
    out for 30 years.

  23. I keep reading the “good news” comments about this story, but what I’m reading (as someone that witnessed the Bucs threatening relocation in 1996, and the Rays threatening relocation now) is that they have a plan, but are waiting for the government to give them tax dollars or they’re going to play in Toronto or Pennsylvania in 2023 when their lease expires.

    They could theoretically still move.

  24. What is wrong with the current stadium to justify spending > $1.5 Billion on a new one?

    What is the cost vs benefit for the local govt (taxpayers) contributing money, other than subsidizing 70,000 fans who attend the games?

  25. This is both long overdue and well deserved. A new stadium will secure the ream’s future in western NY. Give San Antonio an expansion team!!!!!! Can’t wait until the shovel goes into the ground!!!

  26. Jurrah involved? This will ending up costing $5 Billion. Hope they don’t saddle the Bills fans with PSLs.

  27. Who doesn’t want the Bills to move to Toronto. CANADIANS, all of them. IN Canada, you can’t tailgate. You must buy it from the bar and pay $10 for a beer. Canada lives like there’s still prohibition. This is not a party place. Buffalo is. The Bills have enough Canadian fans to always fill the stands. Why were those stands empty the last few years? A dollar that was only 70 cents American. To pay increased seat prices for a team that never won half of their home games is hard on the pocketbook. Parking prices in Toronto make no sense for tailgaters. Canadians love Buffalo !!!!!

  28. “You clearly haven’t been to Foxborough where they’ve been sold
    out for 30 years.”
    ____________________________________

    Are you trying to compare Pats fans to Bills fans?

    Please. Most Pats fans will bail after a couple of losing seasons. They’ll go back to the Red Sox.

  29. THIS NEW STADIUM NEEDED TO BE NEAR NIAGARA FALLS. IT’S NOT THE BEST AREA COMPARED TO ORCHARD PARK WHICH IS A GREAT SUBURB. BUT A NEW STADIUM RIGHT BY NIAGARA FALLS BECOMES AN ATTRACTION. IT ALSO BRINGS PLENTY ON CANADIAN FANS TO FILL THOSE SEATS IN DECEMBER IF IT’S STILL AN OUTDOOR STADIUM.

  30. kohila says:
    June 18, 2021 at 11:33 pm
    selgaeinla says:

    This is misunderstanding the benefits to state and counties in the area this stadium will generate. New stadium creates jobs and that increases taxes. The tax rate will be higher for the team. Tourism goes up and the hospitality industry thrives. This creates extra revenue streams through various taxes.

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    You really need to do your due diligence. This has been disproven repeatedly, even as recently as just a few years ago. The info was in Forbes for one.

  31. dejc421 says:
    June 18, 2021 at 7:39 pm
    Good to hear it will be an outdoor stadium
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    Yeah, why build a multi purpose stadium to host other events that would make money like NCAA tournament games & conventions when you can build an outdoor one and use it 8-10 times a year?

  32. bb5cs54u2h says:
    June 19, 2021 at 2:27 pm
    THIS NEW STADIUM NEEDED TO BE NEAR NIAGARA FALLS. IT’S NOT THE BEST AREA COMPARED TO ORCHARD PARK WHICH IS A GREAT SUBURB. BUT A NEW STADIUM RIGHT BY NIAGARA FALLS BECOMES AN ATTRACTION. IT ALSO BRINGS PLENTY ON CANADIAN FANS TO FILL THOSE SEATS IN DECEMBER IF IT’S STILL AN OUTDOOR STADIUM.

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    I live in the Falls. There is literally no room for a football stadium here

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