Bills propose 60,000-seat stadium to be built in Buffalo by 2027

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Word earlier this month was that the price tag for a new Bills stadium in Buffalo would come to $1.4 billion and the Bills have issued a proposal to state and city officials about the kind of stadium they could build for that money.

John Wawrow of the Associated Press reports that the Bills have proposed building a stadium with 60,000 seats and 60 suites. The timeline for construction calls for the building to be ready for the 2027 season, although that would be contingent on when a project is approved and construction gets underway.

Highmark Stadium currently has about 12,000 more seats and the proposal for the new building calls for most seats to be protected from the elements, but there would not be a roof.

The timing of any approval is joined by the question of how the construction is financed as hurdles in the way of getting started on a new building.

If the proposal is approved, the Bills would extend their lease at Highmark Stadium. It is currently scheduled to expire after the 2023 season.

68 responses to “Bills propose 60,000-seat stadium to be built in Buffalo by 2027

  1. As a Bills fan, I don’t like how the Pegulas are negotiating this through the media.
    Terry Pegula hides behind his wife and these “leaked” statements rather than coming out and speaking openly with his fan base.

    The real purpose of this story seems to be to tell taxpayers that if we want as many seats as we already have, we better be ready to pony up another $200 million.

    If ownership wants to have final say on designing the stadium, then it stands to reason ownership should pay for the majority of the stadium. Otherwise, it’s just more corporate socialism for billionaires.

    How about us taxpayers will pay for half of the stadium in exchange for 25% of the team? 25% of the revenue, Profits etc? How does that sound Terry? Oh and we’ll be using our board seat to keep ticket prices low so the average Bills Mafia member can attend games.

  2. After 60 plus years its time to leave the armpit of America for much greener pastures!

  3. Are the seats heated? It might sound like a luxury somewhere else. But, not in Buffalo. People in Buffalo are tough and would never accept a stadium with a roof/dome. They equate football with freezing your butt off and lake effect winds. In all seriousness, A dome is the way to go.

  4. A new stadium is long overdue. GET THIS DONE TO SECURE THE BILL’S FUTURE IN BUFFALO! Don’t be like Oakland and San Diego. Do what it takes to get this done.

  5. Morty still trotting out that old narrative. Miami???? Hard pass. Probably from Pensacola anyways.

  6. If I lived in Buffalo, I’d tell the Pegulas: not one taxpayer nickel. They can leave.

    This means of course that the city will give the Pegulas everything they are asking for.

  7. pummer says:
    August 31, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    ……How about us taxpayers will pay for half of the stadium in exchange for 25% of the team? 25% of the revenue, Profits etc?…..

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    This part of your post is the best idea for ANY stadium. Give us the money in the form of lower taxes for paying extra taxes in the first place. It’s called an investment. It’s how America grew (venture capitalism).

    If we pay for the stadium(s) then we should profit. Especially those who have zero interest in any sports team.

  8. The NFL and its owners always play on the emotions of the fans as if you cannot live your life without football. Guess what..? the majority of the country doesn’t have an NFL team and will survive. Look, its a business and you do not get rich by spending your own money. The NFL/owners get the tax payers to fund their expensive entertainment playground. These owners sit in their penthouses and yachts demanding that YOU pay for their new stadium or YOU will lose the team as if YOU owned the team in the first place. Yeah your feelings will be hurt for awhile but be an adult and realize what is important in your life like your family, lower taxes and a financially healthy community. Not a cash strapped community that will be paying stadium bonds for 25 years only for them to want stadium upgrades in 15 years and then another new stadium 10 years after that…and then lie to the public that your city didn’t support the team and wouldn’t build a 5 billion dollar stadium…. be careful what you ask for Buffalo

    Signing off…St. Louis Rams Fan

  9. 80% of Citi Field was publicly funded. 65% of Yankee Stadium was publicly funded. If approved, public funding will fall somewhere between the two. That’s about $1B publicly funded and $400M from Pegula.

  10. I cannot imagine why any cold weather city would put money into a non-domed stadium that will be used exclusively by an NFL Team ten times or so a year. Build stadiums that benefits the city/region in multiple ways.

  11. The Pegulas truly are pathetic. They could pay for a new stadium 100% out of their own pockets, and still have multiple billions left over.

  12. MortimerInMiami says:
    August 31, 2021 at 2:45 pm
    After 60 plus years its time to leave the armpit of America for much greener pastures!
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    Sounds like a bitter guy who still doesn’t know who his starting quarterback will be.

  13. I would think a stadium for the Buffalo Area would have more stadium seating and fewer luxury boxes.

  14. the Pegulas have donated 102 Million to Penn St. for a hockey team. Most of that money went to building an arena. Don’t seem like they are hurting for cash to develop sporting venues.

  15. nflfan2021 says:

    I cannot imagine why any cold weather city would put money into a non-domed stadium
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    Because it is Pro Football, not figure skating. One of the very best sporting events to attend live is a NFL game in a snowstorm. Being bundled to the hilt along with 70K others in a winter wonderland is an amazing experieince.

  16. If they build this stadium with “most of the seats covered” ie a large overhanging roof – you can forget about hearing anything when the opponents have the football. WOW will that be loud!

  17. Taxpayers are suckers for financing stadiums. No billionaire would ever agree to give away their money to pay for somebody else’s construction project. Only poor people and politicians would agree to something so stupid.

  18. I agree that football is best watched in cold weather outside… which is why this whole debate is ludicrous. No one attends Bills games in December because of the amenities. They do it to get piss drunk off Canadian beer, tailgate and scream their head off while enduring 30 degree weather at best. Keep the current stadium for all Bills fans care. The Chiefs are keeping Arrowhead well into the 2030s.

  19. All that money and for a stadium with a capacity of a mere 60,000? Well, at least it will be easier for them to sell out home games.

  20. Wow, think how many mob victims that much concrete would hold. Look out, Utica marsh!

  21. A business making millions of net profit and they want the taxpayers to subsidize them. What a load. Pay your own freight

    Corporate welfare knows bounds and has no shame.

    Call their bluff.

  22. “Minnesota has the best stadium in the country.”

    They should considering how the taxpayers got fleeced.

  23. benehanna1 says:

    Fans of Buffalo, stand up and pay for your new stadium. Make the owner richer.
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    Make your local businesses and community richer by covering your portion of the Stadium. Or let them walk away and see all that money coming into the community go with it.

  24. MortimerInMiami says:
    August 31, 2021 at 2:45 pm
    After 60 plus years its time to leave the armpit of America for much greener pastures!

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    I didn’t realize the Dolphins were considering relocation.

  25. benehanna1 says:

    Fans of Buffalo, stand up and pay for your new stadium. Make the owner richer.
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    Make your local businesses and community richer by covering your portion of the Stadium. Or let them walk away and see all that money coming into the community go with it.

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    Got any evidence to back this claim up? I love the Bills and I’m against subsidizing their stadium in theory, but I know its going to happen so, whatever. But suggesting that the Bills bring all this money into the community is nonsense. If anything, removing the Bills from the equation would just mean people have MORE money to spend on local businesses, since they wouldn’t be spending money on tickets and parking and Bills gear that’s all just money going into the Pegulas’ pockets.

  26. brianh992 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 3:13 pm
    Minnesota has the best stadium in the country.
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    Yeah, if you like a stadium that resembles a Star Wars Sandcrawler, with no Super Bowl trophies to look at, knock yourself out!

  27. “MortimerInMiami says:
    August 31, 2021 at 2:45 pm
    After 60 plus years its time to leave the armpit of America for much greener pastures!”

    They’re not in New Jersey……

  28. Next up Green Bay and Chicago and insert disdain for ownership and location here. then bad mouth the NFL and their greediness. After all their stadiums are much older in very cold locations too

  29. Football is best in the elements; however, if they are seeking public funding it does make sense to build it with a roof to take advantage of other uses and sources of revenue. As to the Vikings stadium (which is consistently ranked top 5), it cost 1.06 billion, with $348M from the State, $150M from the city and $551M from the team — and they’ve damn near paid for the state debt with electronic pull tab revenue (not taxes). So while I think the MN is the best stadium in the country crack is a bit misguided, Mr. Beranek above can eat his fleece comment.

  30. As a Bills fan who wants the team to stay in Buffalo……if the State of NY gave money and tax credits to the NY Yankees (they are worth how much money?) then do not create a double standard and build the Bills a football temple.

  31. Its fine to use public money to finance a stadium and have the city, county and/or state run it. As long as the team pays rent to play in the stadium and a percentage of revenue goes to city/state. City pays 1.4 bil for stadium, team pays rev share and rent, then the city can use the stadium for concerts and monster jam all spring and summer LOL. While philosophically I agree with making billionaires pay for the own stadiums, the fact is that NFL teams bring in other large economic benefits several weekends a year.

  32. I need a new office building. Will the taxpayers pay for it so I can continue to make money debt free?

  33. I think 60K seats is too few for any NFL stadium in any city. It’s like building a 4-lane highway because you need 4 lanes today. But in 10 years you’re going to need 6-lanes. Much better to spend an extra million for 15k or 20k more seats today than to spend 5 million more to add 20k seats in 15 years…or worse be looking for a bigger stadium somewhere else.

    Frankly I think Buffalo’s neighbors to the north should get creative and find a way to contribute at least a few million to the plan. After all, they reap many of the benefits including the occasional “home” game in Toronto.

  34. Cleveland, Oakland, St. Louis, San Diego. Heard the same “their only bluffing” arguments.
    The Former owner of the Bills, Ralph Wilsonand his donated 1.1 Billion to be split between the City of Buffalo ( $ 550 Million each ) and his hometown of Detriot for parks, childrens programs etc. Use some of that money toward the Stadium. The State should kick in, the County, the NFL and the Pegulas. Perhaps a hotel tax as well. Shouldn’t be all that difficult.

  35. Build it close to downtown, south of the hockey arena or on the land near the skyway. Extend the rail down to the stadium. Make it open air.

  36. As I’ve argued a number of times, the Raiders and Chargers had to pay $650 million each as a relocation fee. It would probably be higher now. So the amount that the Pegulas should contribute to the new stadium should start at $700 million.

    Buffalo building them a new stadium while the Pegulas get all the revenue is a sucker’s deal for taxpayers. They would be fools to leave Buffalo, but then again it’s all about greed.

  37. Concrete projects are some of America’s most endearing money scams. Terraforming the Earth with asphalt and concrete is also horrible for the environment.

  38. A full roof overhang – like a European soccer stadium or an even more enclosed Seattle – would be deafening on 3rd downs, mostly keep the fans dry but still have the elements at play on the field. I love it.

    Still would’ve preferred it get built downtown but given tailgating and infrastructure issues this is a nice middle ground.

  39. My opinion means nothing, of course, but in my opinion, I’m fine with whatever it costs to build the Bills a new playground — as long as the Bills and the NFL pay for it.
    It’s time these billionaire football team owners spend their own money on these palaces they build instead of making the taxpayer’s foot the bill. Taxpayers are already carrying the load for everything and they don’t need more piled on them.
    Just my two cents, for what it’s worth.

  40. Public money should not be involved in private business. However you would think the State of NY would want to keep one football team in the state!

  41. brianh992 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 3:13 pm
    Minnesota has the best stadium in the country.

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    And yet they have zero SBs to show for it

  42. arcross12042004scorp15 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 5:33 pm
    Cleveland, Oakland, St. Louis, San Diego. Heard the same “their only bluffing” arguments.
    The Former owner of the Bills, Ralph Wilsonand his donated 1.1 Billion to be split between the City of Buffalo ( $ 550 Million each ) and his hometown of Detriot for parks, childrens programs etc. Use some of that money toward the Stadium. The State should kick in, the County, the NFL and the Pegulas. Perhaps a hotel tax as well. Shouldn’t be all that difficult.

    ———–

    Wilson left that money for projects to benefit children and parks, as you said. Why would they ever put that charitable donation towards a football stadium? Obviously this wouldn’t be allowed legally, but even if it was why would the people managing it ever do something like that?

  43. The city should pay as a loan, make money on the interest, its what Philly did with the Linc and the city made over 20 million

  44. “brianh992 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 3:13 pm
    Minnesota has the best stadium in the country.

    ——-

    And yet they have zero SBs to show for it”

    _______________________________________

    How many SB’s does New Hampshire have?

  45. The state of NY and City of Buffalo and Erie County should contribute $0. Let the Pegulas walk. Looking at their record, they are some of the cheapest owners next to Dean Spanos. Plus they are cutting out 12,000 fans. At 60K outside stadium there means no super bowl (nobody is going to Buffalo in February anyway). San Diego, St Louis, Reno, El Paso, Mexico City, take ’em.

  46. 50Stars says:
    August 31, 2021 at 3:54 pm
    benehanna1 says:

    Fans of Buffalo, stand up and pay for your new stadium. Make the owner richer.
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    Make your local businesses and community richer by covering your portion of the Stadium. Or let them walk away and see all that money coming into the community go with it.

  47. mlhigh77 says:
    August 31, 2021 at 5:15 pm
    I need a new office building. Will the taxpayers pay for it so I can continue to make money debt free?

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    Do hundreds of thousands of people from all over the country flock to your building each year? Bringing millions of dollars in revenue for local business and creating jobs for thousands of local residents in the process?

  48. To the fans who are relishing a new stadium,remember what comes next -PSL’s. Start saving for your next mortgage size loan – lol

  49. ebpatton says: *******
    August 31, 2021 at 3:00 pm
    If I lived in Buffalo, I’d tell the Pegulas: not one taxpayer nickel. They can leave.

    This means of course that the city will give the Pegulas everything they are asking for.

    The city has NOTHING to do with this. The county owns Highmark stadium. And the county owns the land where a proposed stadium may be located.

  50. I keep saying this: the Raiders and Chargers each had to pay a $650 million relocation fee to move to LA, and that would probably be higher now – just because.

    So, at the very least, the Pegula’s starting point for what they would contribute to a new stadium is $700 million. If their argument is that they want to pay nothing, it makes no sense because they will have to pay that ~$700 million to relocate, anyway.

  51. Funny how these billionaires don’t seem to believe in capitalism when it comes to their own money. I mean, put a great team on the field and the fans will spend the money. Increase the ticket prices – ya know, supply and demand – and get yourself some return on your initial investment. The good old American way.

    But no – let’s rob the taxpayers.

  52. A smaller non domed stadium is a waste of money. You can’t invest that much money only for it to be used a small portion of the year. A domed stadium can be an investment for the city and bring in lots of entertainment venues. An open stadium is just a drain on the taxpayers.

  53. A retractable roof stadium with 75000 seats would get into the rotation for hosting Super Bowls. Spend a little more for a huge return.

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