Roger Goodell on Bills: We’re focused on public/private partnership for new stadium in Buffalo

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There have been discussions about a new Bills stadium for some time and the issue has slowly moved to the front burner thanks to a lease that ends in 2023.

A comment from a spokesperson for Pegula Sports and Entertainment that “the city of Buffalo and the state are going to have to decide if they want a team” came after various reports about how much public funding the Bills were looking for in order to keep the team in town. He also said that more renovations to the current stadium will not be a solution.

On Monday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was in Buffalo for Jim Kelly’s golf tournament and said he agreed that renovation was not an option. He also said that the league is focused on a deal for a new stadium in the city and that public and private funds would be the best way to accomplish that task.

“You’ve got to think long-term here,” Goodell said, via Marcel Louis-Jacques of ESPN.com. “This has been going on for decades and it’s time to get a new stadium done that we can make sure the Bills are here and successful for many, many decades going forward. We’re focused on keeping the Bills [in Buffalo] in a new stadium in a public, private partnership. That’s what this is all about and that’s where we’re focusing.”

With the clock ticking, there will certainly be much more to come on the stadium front in Buffalo in the near future.

9 responses to “Roger Goodell on Bills: We’re focused on public/private partnership for new stadium in Buffalo

  1. No Way! If the Pegulas’ don’t have the cash for a stadium then either sell the team or relocate the franchise. Sick of he rich getting monetary gifts! Good riddance bills!

  2. Kudos to Roger for supporting Jim Kelly’s fundraiser tournament. It’s a great cause.

  3. The pegulas pay more taxes in the area than any other business owner,there’s no way ny will let them more,being a resident of the county I’m all for paying what would amount to a few bucks to help build a new stadium for having a one of the best teams and franchise in town.. there’s only 32 of them and Buffalo has one ..the only true ny team.. they generate to much money for bar and restaurants,small business owners to not support the building of a new stadium for a few tax dollars being added..how many owners have paid for their own stadium in the league.. I can only think of one..Jerry Jones

  4. The pegulas pay more taxes in the area than any other business owner,there’s no way ny will let them more,being a resident of the county I’m all for paying what would amount to a few bucks to help build a new stadium for having a one of the best teams and franchise in town.. there’s only 32 of them and Buffalo has one ..the only true ny team.. they generate to much money for bar and restaurants,small business owners to not support the building of a new stadium for a few tax dollars being added..how many owners have paid for their own stadium in the league.. I can only think of one..Jerry Jones …

  5. The stadium will happen and it will be a combination of Public/Private/NFL funding. The Pegulas know they will be paying for a good portion of this stadium themselves, as does the state and county. What some people forget is that the NFL offers their G4 low interest loan program. The NFL will supply about $500 million in a low interest loan for this stadium. Currently, there is about $3 billion in these loans out there – the most recent one being a $500 million loan by the Rams for SoFi. Rest easy Bills fans, the stadium is going to happen.

  6. Strike a deal for a new stadium and keep the team in Buffalo, or at least in western NY!! It is a shame when teams move. Plus, the relocation fee is so astronomically high, the $$$ is more useful to put into the new stadium. The league should help too. Between the team, the city, state and the league, a stadium deal should get done. Let San Antonio have an expansion team. Texas can support three teams.

  7. The Bills are a great football team. They have one of the best QB’s in the league. This should be extra incentive to get them a new stadium.

  8. The Real David Szwartz says:
    August 24, 2021 at 8:53 am

    ..how many owners have paid for their own stadium in the league.. I can only think of one..Jerry Jones …

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    The initial cost was to be $650 million dollars. Jones did pay for the overrun. To aid Jerry Jones, in paying the construction costs of the new stadium, Arlington voters approved the increase of the city’s sales tax by 0.5%, the hotel occupancy tax by 2%, and car rental tax by 5%. The City of Arlington provided over $325 million (including interest) in bonds as funding. Also, the NFL provided the Cowboys with an additional $150 million loan.

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