If you are a Buffalo Bills fan you know that at some point the in order for the Bills to stay in Buffalo they will need a new stadium. Today news broke that New York’s Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has decided to get a group together and consider a new stadium for the Bills.
It was just about a year ago that the Bills and the State agreed on a ten-year deal to keep the team in Buffalo. Now, it seems that Cuomo is holding up his part of the deal. In reality this deal between the State, Erie County and the Bills is a seven-year deal. The Bills have a one time opt-out at the start of year seven. While a new stadium may be in the Bills future the new home will not come without leaving a wake of heartbreak behind.
The purpose of the group is to explore options for development and construction of a new stadium in Western New York to serve as a home for the Bills, a catalyst for economic growth and a premier sports and entertainment venue for the region… Buffalonews.com
New stadiums are very expensive and let’s be honest, Western New York is not made of money. We are a largely a blue-collar income area. The Bills have die-hard fans, that are willing to sit in rain and snow to watch a losing team play. Former players say Buffalo fans are among the best, most loyal in the NFL, and I agree. But, that’s the problem.
We want the state and the county to put some substantial money into fixing this stadium up,” he said at the time. “It’s crumbling right now. But we don’t want a Taj Mahal. We just want a nice, clean place to watch a football game. Buffalo News/Ralph Wilson Jr.
Those same fans may be priced out of a new home. Not only would the Ralph sit in Orchard Park and become a rat motel; many fans will be left out in the very cold they once sat in to watch their team. I’m sure Bills fans will be told “it’s not personal, it’s business”. But on Buffalo the Bills are personal.
The State and the Bills may build a new stadium, but a lot of the fans that helped keep the Bills in Buffalo may never get to see it.