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Bills Propose Nifty New, Smaller Stadium

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A trip to the AFC Championship Game can come with a cost, mostly to fans and the city. But it may be time for the Buffalo Bills to start thinking about a new stadium.

And that’s seemingly what they’re doing, as The Associated Press reported the franchise has proposed a new $1.4 billion stadium, which would include nearly 60,000 seats and 60 of those luxury suites thingies that everyone loves.

“The proposed capacity is about 12,000 seats less than the Bills’ current facility, now called Highmark Stadium, which was built in 1973,” the AP wrote. “The new venue would not include a roof, but it would be designed so that a majority of the seats would be protected from the elements, the person said.”

The new venue would ideally be ready in time for the 2027 season.

All things considered, $1.4 billion isn’t so bad. After all, the Bills were originally thinking about a larger stadium that would cost $1.6 billion, per the AP. But the organization eventually decided to shrink the project a bit.

Either way, again, it will come at a price, and it’s the townspeople who will have to ante up — at least a little.

“The expectation is the state and county will be asked to cover more than 50% of the project, raising concerns about the potential for taxpayer funding,” the AP wrote.

The Bills finished 13-3 last season, riding the arm of quarterback Josh Allen to win the AFC East and advance all the way to the conference title game, before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs.

They open the season on Sunday, Sept. 12 at home vs. the Pittsburgh Steelers. You can check out their full schedule here.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. Its time local govt start standing up to these bully owners and the league commissioners. They generate entirely too much money.

    These leagues and the owners should fully pay for these stadiums. The tax payer dollars should not be used to help fund these ballparks, stadiums and arenas.

  2. “Man will never go broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public” – HL Mencken.

    The argument against public funding of these stadiums / arenas is as valid today as it has been for decades … and yet they continue to be built.
    .

  3. The Bills arefree to build any size stadium they want. Oh. wait. They want the taxpayers to foot the bill, while they get all of the rewards.
    It should be illegal for any public funds to be used to build any arena or stadium for any professional sports team, period.

    • I think any public spending towards private enterprise should require a special ballot initiative. I would never vote for it, but I wouldn’t stand in anyone’s way if they wanted to fund it. Should require a substantial majority though.

      It sickens me to see these woke sports leagues pretending they’re not interested in anything but the bottom line.

      This is not capitalism. This is crony capitalism perfected by Plutocrats.

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