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2021 is already expected to be a monster season for the Buffalo Bills, who last year shocked the NFL with a run to the AFC title game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
With young talent littering the field and quarterback Josh Allen getting his new deal, Buffalo has the looks of a winner in 2021.
There are things that have to be taken care of behind the scenes for the Bills, including a new stadium for the franchise.
Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke on the situation Monday at Jim Kelly’s celeb golf tourney, and Goodell says that Buffalo should try and get a new stadium sooner rather than later
“You’ve got to think long-term here,” Goodell said Monday.
“This has been going on for decades, and it’s time to get a new stadium done that we can make sure the Bills are here and successful for many, many decades going forward.
“We’re focused on keeping the Bills [in Buffalo] in a new stadium in a public, private partnership. That’s what this is all about and that’s where we’re focusing.”
The current 10-year lease on the team’s stadium in Orchard Park expires after the 2023 season, leaving the team enough time to start working on a new home.
The biggest advancement for the Bills and a new stadium came after team owners Terry and Kim Pegula submitted a proposal for a stadium that would be worth $1.4 billon.
Fans who love the history of the Bills won’t have to worry that they’ll forget the team’s current stadium. The team’s new digs would be built right across the street from the current Bills stadium.
“I think a new stadium is what’s needed. I think it’s going to require a public-private partnership. I think the Bills, the community and the NFL are all going to have to come together and do that in a smart way” Goodell said.
The current home of the Bills – Highmark Stadium – is the 4th oldest in the league, again something the franchise could use to try and sell Bills fans on so that they’ll help out with building a new home.