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Where Should the Buffalo Bills Build a New Stadium?


 

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?

Where Should The Bills Build a New Stadium?

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  • Ron Cianciosi

    Niagara Falls

  • Thomas Eric

    NFL can create new teams if they want representation in those cities

  • Rob Dotzler

    Where in Niagara Falls? The city is the personification of Rust Belt, most roads in the city are deplorable, not to mention the condition of roads in the surrounding communities. You can dream though.

    I’d suggest the outskirts of Lancaster or even Alden tucked between Broadway and Genesee, though the idea of Broadway getting choked out by traffic every Sunday fills me with dread. Transit Rd is bad enough before and after a game now. Can you tell I live in Depew yet? I’d suspect Broadway would have to be opened up to a 4 lane all the way through and not have that bottle neck between Transit and Central. Same goes for stretches of Genesee. I think that idea got floated around several years ago and it still makes the most sense. The housing along Broadway between the D & L Plaza to Central might pose an issue trying to squeeze 2 more lanes in along with a necessary turning lane, though. Then again, I’m not a city planner, so that’d be for someone else to make it work.

    There’d be several avenues for the Monroe County folks to make it there as well. Saving them lots of time per Sunday and fewer miles to be stuck in the car driving with a bunch of drunk fans to take home. The DD doesn’t get enough credit, that’s for sure.

  • Ron Cianciosi

    If 20% of your fans are from southern Ontario, need to go north of the city , not south,

  • Rob Dotzler

    The change to Lancaster/Alden is east, not south. It wouldn’t really change the distance that those coming from Canada have to travel. Niagara County just doesn’t have the infrastructure, as I said, the roads are in terrible shape all over the place and they don’t have the tax dollars to take care of that many improvements in the time needed. The north south corridors aren’t as well maintained as the east west corridors within Erie County. In its currant condition, Niagara County just can’t support an NFL stadium. I hate putting my cars through what I do to visit my step daughter in NT, or visiting The Fish Place or going to the falls. Though, if I’m gonna do any of those things, I will drive the little bit extra to pick up a quart or two of sauce from The Como. Maybe a meatball or two, don’t tell my doc, gotta go easy on red meats these days. If it were to move north, I’d still recommend it stays within Erie County. I still don’t think it makes as much sense even with the 290. jmho