NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Speaks On New Stadium Proposal For The Bills

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.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. Sports leagues always talk about Public & Private “partnerships.” The public investment always outweighs the private input, yet the profits are solely private.

    Sports arena’s for hockey and basketball aren’t as bad because they cost less and you get more use out of them, but NFL stadiums have one purpose, 8 days a year and cost twice as much

    Yes, yes, yes… “jobs” (minimum wage), tax base (hardly a plus when you factor in up front costs).

    Lastly, screw the NFL

  2. This highlights a horrible precedent. Every NFL team individually has enough on hand to build a $1.4 billion stadium, and several can even do it for cash. These teams are all run by multi-billionaires, except the Packers (they’re not hurting). They ALL can afford it. Even if an individual team could not pay, then the NFL itself could easily come in to build and own the stadium as a league. Last year, in a down year with no fans, the league had $3.5 billion in revenue (that we know of). Each team makes over $320 million per year off TV alone! They can’t afford to build a new stadium every 25-30 years? That’s literally like someone who’s making $1.25 million per year applying for government assistance to pay for a $500k home. We’d all think that was a ridiculous abuse, but for some reason the NFL gets “billionaire welfare”. Just watch. The Bills and NFL will eventually hold Buffalo’s local government hostage to pay for a stadium the team and/or league can easily afford. That isn’t just UN-American, it’s crooked and immoral.

  3. Lifelong Bills fan here. I hate these “deals”. Calling this a public-private partnership is a euphemism. The public gets no benefit other than keeping the team. The price of tickets or concessions isn’t less for those that subsidize the stadium. People just have to start being willing to let teams go, and then other cities have to start refusing. The playbook is always the same: Threaten to leave to a new city. All Austin, TX has to say is, “we don’t want you.” This only has to happen once or twice before these owners starting realizing this isn’t possible anymore.

    • Mick, you are exactly right. This is corporate blackmail on the public. If you don’t give me the money I want to build my new stadium then I am taking the team you love and worship far away from here. This is such garbage. It is going to take a unified front to stand up to these bullies. It would be great for a fanbase like the Buffalo Bills to stand up to this corporate bullying, but I think the majority of the fans love the team so much that they will do just about anything to keep the Bills in town.

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