Stadium deal for Bills is expected by April 1

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The Bills and the powers-that-be in New York are working toward a deal for a new stadium. On Friday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul acknowledged that the agreement will be reached soon.

Via Tim O’Shei of the Buffalo News, Hochul said Friday that the deal will be done by April 1, in time for the annual budget.

Roughly $850 million in public money will be devoted to the new stadium. Hochul defended that commitment by accurately pointing out that “teams have other options.” She also reportedly alluded to the fact that roughly a dozen other markets could support an NFL franchise.

“That’s why we’re negotiating very intently, to make sure we have the right outcome for this community,” Hochul said.

So, basically, the Bills never had to make the threat in order to convey the promise of potential relocation. They don’t need to bluff. Everyone knows how it works. If a team’s current market isn’t wiling to show up to the new-stadium party with a big sack of taxpayer money, some other city will.

And it doesn’t take a dozen. It only takes one.

32 responses to “Stadium deal for Bills is expected by April 1

  1. Once again the chump taxpayers are held for ransom. Money that could go to education or health care will end up in the pocket of a billionaire. We’ve lost our way as a nation.

  2. The Bills put Buffalo on the map and make them relevant in the sports world. A shiny new stadium will enhance that image and is good for the local economy.

  3. Yep, I don’t like it but that’s the truth. And if Buffalo loses the Bills they’ll never get another NFL franchise. It’s too small of a market for the NFL.
    Buffalo deserves to keep the Bills, and they’ve already had to pay for new stadiums for the Jets and Giants. At least Buffalo’s will actually be built in NY.

  4. I don’t think this should ever be allowed to happen without a public referendum. Handing over $850 million in public funds to a private business entity goes beyond normal job parameters for elected officials and should be up to the community to decide.

    Would rather see this practice banned altogether, but at least give the taxpayers the opportunity to decide for themselves.

  5. I do hope they are considering a stadium with a roof so that the Buffalo area has an event location that can be used for more than football.

  6. Never understood this “fancy new stadium” or “this network just signed commentator X” stuff. At the stadium, I just want a seat; at home, just a TV.

  7. Losing the Bills would really hurt Western NY’s economy. People really need to look at the ROI on this.

    This is great news for fans & the entire region. The Bills will stay in Buffalo for many years now, and we can stop worrying about it.

  8. Hochul wasn’t elected, therefore she shouldn’t be able to make this decision.

  9. Good for Western New York, Good for Bills Fans, and Good for Bills Organization.

  10. What about the people who don’t even like or watch football…. Why do they need to foot the bill for this?

  11. “ donterrelli says:
    March 6, 2022 at 4:55 pm
    Hochul wasn’t elected, therefore she shouldn’t be able to make this decision.”

    She was elected Lt Governor. Twice.

  12. This is how it works when you have no real leverage. Los Angeles would’ve told the NFL to go fly a kite. The NFL needed LA more than LA needed the NFL.

  13. I’m glad that the Bills are working towards a new stadium proposal with Western NY and the State of New York leaders. People don’t realize how the threat of moving can actually affect a fan base.

    I’m a 30 year season tickets holder for the Patriots and I also go yearly to the game at Orchard Park. Outside of Foxborough the Bills Mafia fan base is one of the best in the NFL. On game day we always have a passionate discussion about our teams how we I have always felt welcomed when in Western NY.
    Western NY fells like home to me when I’m there visiting.

    One thing the fan base should be concerned with is the use of Personal Seat Licenses or PSL’s. The Patriots ownership never considered them because it would have priced the average fan out of the stadium and it would had been never been the same.

    Hopefully between the Pegula’s, State of New York and the Eric County leadership a plan will be worked out that will make it reasonably affordable for fans of Bills Mafia to be able to attend games at the new stadium.

  14. redlikethepig says:
    March 6, 2022 at 1:47 pm
    Once again the chump taxpayers are held for ransom. Money that could go to education or health care will end up in the pocket of a billionaire. We’ve lost our way as a nation.

    4727Rate This

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    Yep. Scumbag Pegulas strike again!

  15. nhpats2011 says:
    March 6, 2022 at 5:02 pm
    What about the people who don’t even like or watch football…. Why do they need to foot the bill for this?

    3315Rate This
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    What about those of us with no kids paying school taxes for one of many examples? Why do I need to pay to educate your child?

    Your argument doesn’t hold up in a shared responsibilty society.

  16. If it’s $850mm, NYS bargained well. The Pegulas initially asked for $1.4 billion in taxpayer money.

    And to the people saying “corportate welfare”, I hear you. I also don’t hear you generating roughly $29mm per year in NYS income tax like the Pegulas do.

  17. Shiney new stadium all done n then Josh Allen tears his ACL on the first series for the next two seasons in a row on a non contact play … but hey ya got some new digs hope its indoors. !!

  18. “Shiney new stadium all done n then Josh Allen tears his ACL on the first series for the next two seasons in a row on a non contact play … but hey ya got some new digs hope its indoors. !!”
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    How does a comment like this get a thumbs up?

    One worries about the future of humanity.

  19. football announcers make terms of millions, players make millions upon millions, coaches make millions, owners make tens of millions, but they need to take money from John Smith who makes 30 dollars an hour…
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    and Mr. Smith won’t even get a ticket at a discount…
    .

  20. nhpats2011 says:
    March 6, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    What about the people who don’t even like or watch football…. Why do they need to foot the bill for this?

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    What about the people who hate meaningless wars that only line the pockets of the rich? Why do they need to foot the bill to kill innocent people?

  21. I hope if the Bills do build a new stadium in western New York that they give strong consideration to installing a natural-grass field there.

    Several NFL players have made it known they prefer to play on grass, believing, and statistics seem to back this up, that fewer serious injuries happen on those fields.

    I hope so on a personal level, too. I’m trying to see every team play at least 25 games, and I only attend games played on grass. I’ve hit that mark with 12 teams so far and hope to add two or three more to that list this season.

    For most teams I need 8 or fewer games. Unfortunately, I’ve only been able to see the Bills 12 times so far. The only team I’ve seen less often is the Saints with 11, though I hope to see them at least 2 or 3 times this upcoming season.

    If the Bills do build a stadium with a natural surface, I hereby pledge to attend at least 2 regular-season home games a year until I reach 25 Bills games overall.

    Granted, that might not seem like much until I explain that I live in San Diego, and that’s a long way to shuffle off to Buffalo, 2,554 miles.

    it would be worth it, though, to see a historic AFL franchise play its first home games on grass since their days at War Memorial Stadium.

  22. I have two thoughts on this.
    1. Can someone please explain to me why we need taxpayer money to build a stadium when New York is making millions in online gambling.
    2.being that players around the league are using these stadiums why can’t they contribute to the building of these stadiums. It’s not like they can’t afford it. What they should do is deduct x% of money from every player in league (say 5%) per paycheck and put it in a separate account and when a stadium needs to be replaced then they use that money along with gambling money to build it. Wa La new stadiums as needed and no taxpayer money

  23. nhpats2011 says:
    March 6, 2022 at 5:02 pm
    What about the people who don’t even like or watch football…. Why do they need to foot the bill for this?
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    Because we are all in it together. So we all pay. Thats how it works. My wife and I had fertility issues and cant have children, medically it isnt possible. But I have to pay for the schools. Why? Because we are all in it together. So this is the same thing.

  24. New York State helped to build Stadiums for the Yankees and Mets. In addition to the Stadium costs, they also paid for alterations to transit tracks and stations, highways and utilities such as electric, water and sewer. A dome in Downtown Buffalo would have cost double when all the costs were added in. By building the New Stadium in the current Stadium parking lot the cost of other infrastructure is minimal. The Pegulas have been the perfect successors to Ralph Wilson and his family ( who by the way donated the $1.2 Billion profit he made on the Bills to be split between Mr. Wilson’s native Detroit and Buffalo for youth programs).
    The Pegulas keep the tickets affordable, didn’t make outrageous demands or threaten to move the team. Like the Wilson Family before them, they are an integral part of the City of Good Neighbors. God Bless the Pegulas. Go Bills !

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