New Bills stadium reportedly will cost $1.4 billion

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Regardless of the manner in which the bill is divided among private and public interests, an initial price tag has been applied to a new Bills stadium.

Via John Wawrow of the Associated Press, the stadium will cost $1.4 billion.

However, as we’ve learned time and again over the years, whatever the initial number, the final cost will be higher. Often, much higher.

The question of whether and to what extent the venue will be funded by taxpayer money has prompted reports and snarky counters, none of which even begin to shed precise light on the question of the percentages that the two sides want, and the bottom line for which either side will settle.

That’s no surprise. It’s a negotiation. Both sides have an initial position. When the circles of the Venn diagram begin to move toward each other, all that matters is whether they kiss. If they do, done deal. If they don’t, the Bills could be done in Buffalo.

23 responses to “New Bills stadium reportedly will cost $1.4 billion

  1. That implies there is an architectural design to price at $1.4B. May we see it, please?

  2. Everything construction related is way up in cost right now. But if it’s a football stadium, it’s well worth it. Build it!

  3. As a Dolphin fan I pray it’s a dome….as a football fan I hope is outdoors. $1.4 billion is a lotta money….had to be a dome/retract roof.

  4. Fanbase loyalty notwithstanding the best economic decision that the Pegula’s could make regarding a new stadium for the Bills would be to sell the Sabres and then pack up and move the Bills to Texas. Economically there is no comparison between the San Antonio-Austin area and Buffalo. One is the size of Seattle-Tacoma and Minneapolis-St. Paul and the other is a small Western New York community with limited growth potential. A new stadium on the I35 Corridor between San Antonio and Austin would make the perfect spot for an NFL club. Jerry Jones is powerful within league circles and so are the McNair’s. But that should not and likely will not preclude the Bills from moving eventually. And as far as towns that have already had a shot at supporting NFL teams properly but have failed, they should not be given precedence over those cities that have never had the opportunity to support their own teams. Hello St. Louis and San Diego.

  5. Love it! That will be a helluva draw to Buffalo if the city / state can pitch in their fair share to keep the team as theirs.

  6. OK you have a cost point. Figure out what it takes to make money without taking from the working class.

  7. As I posted earlier, we all know that this will be a state, city, team combined contribution and always was going to be that. They aint leaving, the team wont pay for all of it so its a done deal except finding the land and signing the papers

  8. Some things shouldn’t be allowed to happen. Owners need to be able to build their own stadiums or get into a cheaper hobby. The franchises should be immovable

  9. THE ONLY NFL TEAM THAT PLAYS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK CAN’T GET $1 BILLION DOLLARS? PLEASE. Build it right next to Niagara Falls & make it an attraction for fans including Canadians.

  10. With the Bills on the upswing, this is a good time to talk seriously about a new stadium. The current stadium is one of the oldest in the league and the ones that are older (Arrowhead, Lambeau, the Jags’s stadium which actually goes back to 1928), all have had much more extensive renovations than in Buffalo. I don’t think Bills fans need to worry very much. The Pegulas are pretty entrenched in Western N.Y. But I don’t know the public appetite to fund or partially-fund a stadium. The Bills are very beloved in the area and the team is playing good, so there is a very good chance that a public-private deal will happen.

  11. Heinz Field cost 271M. 18M under budget. How can the price quadruple in 20 years? That’s not inflation.

  12. Considering that cities are contributing significant capital investment, it might make sense for a city to own the team. Aside from buying the team, what does
    the owner contribute?

  13. The NFL needs to bankroll these new stadiums and stadium renovations for many of the NFL stadiums. Spending $1.4B for 8 games per season makes little sense but leaving real NFL cities like Buffalo in stupid. Go Browns!

  14. We know what happened in San Diego. San Diego really wanted the Chargers to stay provided that any new stadium was funded by the owners and the NFL. The Chargers really wanted to stay in San Diego provided that a large if not majority chunk of the price of a new stadium came from public money. Those were circles of a Venn diagram that could never touch and now the Chargers share a stadium with the Rams in LA.

  15. Que the NFL threatening to take the team to Toronto or Europe if the taxpayer doesn’t fork up that 1.4 billion.

  16. Fanbase loyalty notwithstanding the best economic decision that the Pegula’s could make regarding a new stadium for the Bills would be to sell the Sabres and then pack up and move the Bills to Texas. Economically there is no comparison between the San Antonio-Austin area and Buffalo. One is the size of Seattle-Tacoma and Minneapolis-St. Paul and the other is a small Western New York community with limited growth potential. A new stadium on the I35 Corridor between San Antonio and Austin would make the perfect spot for an NFL club. Jerry Jones is powerful within league circles and so are the McNair’s. But that should not and likely will not preclude the Bills from moving eventually. And as far as towns that have already had a shot at supporting NFL teams properly but have failed, they should not be given precedence over those cities that have never had the opportunity to support their own teams. Hello St. Louis and San Diego.

    Jeff Morales – your logic is flawed. You compare San Antonio and Austin as a fan market vs the Buffalo market. San Antonio-Austin is about 5 million people and 79.7 miles apart. The NFL considers a TV market to be 75 miles so this is about right. That does seem large compared to the 1.2 million people of the Buffalo market. What you failed to factor in, however, is the Rochester, NY and Southern Ontario markets. Rochester is 75 miles from Buffalo and it’s own metro of 1.1 million people. As of the latest numbers (2019), approximately 15% of Buffalo’s 60,000+ season ticket holders are from the Rochester area. Additionally, Toronto is 98 miles from Buffalo and the Southern Ontario market between Toronto and Buffalo is 6.5 million people – about 25% of all of Canada’s population. Southern Ontario fans make up about 20% of Buffalo’s season ticket holders. In conclusion – when you compare the two markets and even add you San Diego and St. Louis options – the Western New York/Southern Ontario market is still much larger….

  17. I’d hate to see the Bills leave Buffalo–and I’m not even a Bills fan. It’s one of those great NFL cities that supports their team no matter what–like Cleveland has done all those years.

    I don’t like how the NFL owners screw over the fans every time they want a shiny new stadium. Pegula is worth $5.4B. Why can’t he build it or at least contribute half? After all, he’s going to make a lot of money off that stadium and take all of it.

    Why not have some creative financing. Maybe sell some bonds to help build the stadium and use the revenue from the stadium to pay off those bonds so taxpayers don’t get screwed yet again. Pegula needs to have some stake in whatever stadium gets built. He shouldn’t be using the taxpayers as a source of welfare.

    I know, the stadium will bring money to the area as well but there has to be a way to use that revenue to help pay for the stadium instead of sticking it to the taxpayers yet again. That’s getting old.

  18. Please get this stadium deal done. The Bills belong in Buffalo. Let San Antonio have an expansion team. The league should kick in extra $$$ to make sure this happens.

  19. Everyone saying that the taxpayer shouldn’t help pay for the new stadium is completely forgetting that Erie County owns the current Stadium. “8 or 9 home games” are not the only events the County uses this asset for. I have honestly forgotten the number of concerts I’ve been to there, and these events help feed the tax base. Its called an investment…They will see a return.

  20. I want to make a couple of points about some of the posts here. First of all, San Antonio will not have an NFL team as long as Jerry Jones is alive. He is one of the powerful owners, if not the most powerful. That is not a compliment since I don’t care for the guy. But he will make sure he doesn’t have anymore competition in the state.

    As for San Diego, that was a travesty with the stadium vote. City leaders stupidly made it a citywide vote as opposed to a countywide vote. Most of the Chargers season ticket holders live in the more affluent northern county cities and therefore were not allowed to vote. That is exactly the referendum lost and the Chargers play in a city that really does not care about them. I should know. I live in Los Angeles. There is no “Chargers fever” here.

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