(WGR 550) -- The talk of the town on Tuesday is the Buffalo Bills and a new stadium group being formulated by Governor Andrew Cuomo. In a written statement from Team President and CEO Russ Brandon, the Bills address the recent developments.
“We are very appreciative of the continued support of New York State and Erie County for the Buffalo Bills franchise.
Our primary current operations focus is, as it must be, on the modernization process that is occurring presently here at the Ralph Wilson Stadium campus. We have to bring it home safely, on time, on budget and with a level of quality we can all be proud of. We are confident our fans will be excited about the numerous changes taking place on our stadium campus and we look forward to being near completion by the start of the 2014 season.
In the 2013 Ralph Wilson Stadium lease the parties collectively saw the wisdom in the establishment of a New Stadium Working Group. This group was designed to include representatives from New York State, Erie County and the Buffalo Bills. The group’s mandate is to begin to explore ‘(i) the development and construction of a new stadium either on the [Ralph Wilson Stadium site] or on another location in Erie County, or (ii) a substantial renovation of [Ralph Wilson Stadium].’
We look forward to re-engaging with Lt. Governor Bob Duffy and Empire State Development President Kenneth Adams as well as County Executive Mark Poloncarz and his staff, all of whom were instrumental in securing the current modernization project. We also welcome Mayors Byron Brown and Paul Dyster as well as Dottie Gallagher-Cohen of Buffalo Niagara Partnership to the effort.”
Many of the renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium will be done in time for the start of the 2014 season. Keep checking back for additional details on this story.
Bills' Brandon issues statement regarding new stadium group
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ECHD & NFTA are conspicuously left off his list.
Cancel me out
If a new stadium is built downtown Buffalo.I've been season Ticket holder since Bills started playing in Orchard Park and living in Chautauqua County...Orchard Park location met the travel needs but downtown? too far to travel. Seems like another money waste to spend all this money now in renovations only to possibly dump in 10 years...what a waste!
if you are even thinking...no open air....no dome. Retrackable gives you best of both worlds
Los Angeles or Toronto?
I'll believe when I see it
Will this stadium be built before or after the new Peace Bridge?
Its a good start to see they are going forward. Its also a good sign that they made the mayor, the county excutive and others who live here in buffalo part of that process. Ok the update on the ralph wilson staduim is excellent. But what i didn't hear about is the future of the bills staying in buffalo. And why isn't jim kelly and his people being mention in the new site for the new stadium. Do we get this in writting or not. Its either you are going to build a new one or not. And if you do build a new one, what do you do with the ralph. Here is idea, and its just and idea. turn it into project to teach players the game of sports. Which pros their to teach them. you have a lot of pros who are retired who would love to coach and teach. Like the sabres are doing right now. But just not football but all sports. even the olympics. Its just a idea.
I know part of lease, but funny he announces this with election year. why spend the 130 million on the Ralph? then what happens to it? UB? also there is a group formed ready to go now and they are being totally ignored. I would love a new stadium. I remember first play ever at rich stadium. Herb Mul-key returned kickoff for TD. But if this ever comes true PLEASE don't put in Falls. they
have had one of the wonders of the world since beginning of time and still can't develop the area
I am sure this will make good business sense and that the Bill' and NFL will fully fund it.
RUSS BRAN DONE FOR EVER AND EVER SIX AND 10!!!
WILL BE THE SAME NO MATTER WHERE THEY PLAY!
LAGARRETTE BLOUNT SAYS RUSS WILL BE 6 AND 10 FOREEVER!!!
the peace bridge you are a funny guy.
Pray to god it before the peace bridge. lets focus on buffalo that mess can't wait. lets build our city first. If you haven't notice. Our city need it bad, not just downtown the whole city. For crying out loud.
The stadium should either be built next to RWS or another site that should be considered is where Lancaster Speedway is currently located. It is right off the thruway and it would be easy for fans in Rochester and Canada.
waste of money. The Ralph is legendary, the Aud was legendary. Not broke don't fix it.
Put a retractabke roof stadium where the Pier was.
Best place for it. Gives easy access once a couple rail lines are built to it AND it certainly explains all the hotel rooms being added downtown.
A few words.
Leave russ alone you been on this man back from day one. And who cares the hell about a lagarrette blount but you. The big A$$ kisser. re: to Rob where is the aud now. What is truly legendary about the bills is when they played at the rock pile. thats where they started and thats where they belong in the city. They are not the orchard park bills. They are the buffalo bills. This city has been losing money every since. Do you see any other team playing in the suburbs no. But if they do build another stadium just make it easy for every body to get their. I thought that what this waste of money subway was suppose to do. Not to go from A to B well that was a joke. re: put a retractable roof by the pier was. Every thing you said makes sense right to the rails. Then they can catch the rail to the games from the outer city would save them gas, paying for parking tickets. and will be able to get off the train and right to their cars. with police on the train. sound like a excellent idea.
is a clown.Does his mom write his press releases for him?
No Super Bowl...
Pls. relocate the stadium to Down Town Bflo. Get a retractable Lid, Put Bflo. in the running for a super bowel. Will some one pls. start thinking outside the box!, think of the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. YOU GENERATE WITH THIS! C'MON JUST GET IT DONE! Not to mention other sporting events ect... that could be drawn in...This is not rocket science ..
re: a few words...
That is your brain on drugs! GET HELP! GO TO REHAB!