The cry goes out, “The Buffalo Bills need a new stadium!” Maybe they do and maybe they don’t, but let’s just play along for a moment and say all the planets aligned, the financing is in place, and new construction was ready to roll. Where is the best place to build it?
The existing site south of the city is good enough. Tailgating space is adequate, getting in and out is not easy, but I have seen worse in other cities. You would have to tear down Ralph Wilson Stadium and play at least one year elsewhere during construction (Toronto?).
There is downtown Buffalo, creating a new waterfront. I can see the advantage of this giving the city a much needed face lift. A crisp, new stadium on the shores of Lake Erie with the twinkling lights of the city in the background. There is value in this project.
I would submit any new stadium should be built where the money is. A site closer to Rochester makes more sense. You would bring the product closer to the folks that have the means to purchase. The fan base is there, the money is there and if I can eliminate the drive to Buffalo and back home again, I am more likely to purchase a ticket for the season.
It is 80 miles from Rochester to the stadium and we all know how unpredictable Western New York weather can be for that drive on I-90, but even on good weather days this drive is a deterrent. It makes perfect sense to build closer to your money source; maybe not in downtown Rochester, but my vote takes a new stadium towards the money.
I am not convinced the NFL wants a team in the Buffalo area with cities like Toronto, Los Angeles and London just waiting for a team, but that is a talk for another day. Of course, this really is all just a moot point when you consider lawmakers and politicians are in charge of aligning the planets to make this a reality.
What do you think?