REPORT: Buffalo Bills want taxpayers to fund new stadium
BUFFALO, New York (WWNY) - A report from Tom Precious of the Buffalo News has Buffalo Bills fans wondering how much longer the team will be in Buffalo.
Precious says that talks regarding a new stadium for the Bills have begun between the team and state and local officials, with team owners Kim and Terry Pegula asking for a new 1.1 billion dollar stadium that taxpayers would fund 100 percent
Precious reported tonight that a spokesman for Pegula Sports Entertainment said after his story was released that the team is not asking for money to upgrade Key Bank Arena where the Sabres play, which was previously reported, and that the 1.1 billion dollar mark wasn’t accurate.
Precious says that the spokesman would not say whether that number was higher or lower.
Precious adds that the team has not threatened to leave Buffalo if they don’t get the full 100 percent, but added Bills officials have made it clear in preliminary talks that other cities would be willing to meet their request. The Bills’ current lease at Highmark Stadium runs out in 2023, and according to Precious, the Pegula’s would like a quick resolution and answer to the matter.
Reports today indicate that if the Bills were to leave Buffalo, Austin, Texas would be a leading candidate to land the team.
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