Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) -- Yesterday we spoke about Niagara Falls as a site for a new stadium for the Bills and as promised, today it’s Batavia.
Genesee County Manager Jay Gsell joined Howard and Jeremy. He thinks it would be good to have a stadium there because of location. Gsell also said, “Keeping the team in Western New York and providing viable options as AECOM and the new owners of the Bills look at what the long term advantages are of keeping this team in Western New York and the identity that Western New York has, not just Buffalo, not just Erie County, but Western New York in general as a market has with regard to the Bills. That’s the perspective we have in Genesee County.”
That takes us to where would a stadium fit in Genesee County? Gsell said, “There is a location directly north of exit 48 on the New York State Thruway that represents acreage wise as well as utilities and other shovel ready site locations advantages that we believe fit well as a perspective location for the stadium, the parking and practice facilities.”
Gsell was pretty up front that this isn’t just for the Bills’ benefit, “This is business opportunity so you’re talking the domino effect and the multiplier effect of an entity, not just the eight games that would be played on the home turf, but the whole notion of what this town as a year round business represents as well as the attractions and the other multiplier impacts and industries that come to a community or that businesses that are using the Buffalo Bills. You have a reason for businesses to locate, expand and support this kind of an undertaking. It is a year-round opportunity, it’s not just seasonal.”
Many of the stadium sites being proposed would be a nightmare for traffic. Gsell said, “It’s not just the I-90, there’s other state roads that come in and out of Batavia and Genesee County that can all drop into interchange 48.”