The Bills opted for an open-air stadium in Orchard Park vs. moving downtown.
It’s been a hotly debated topic among fans of the Buffalo Bills: Should the Bills revamp their stadium in Orchard Park or build a state-of-the-art new facility in downtown Buffalo? The answer: a combination of the two, as earlier this week, reports came out that the Bills were planning to build a new open-air stadium in Orchard Park.
The entire project is expected to require between three and five years from start to finish, with the Bills likely to debut home games in it as early as 2025, with 2026 or 2027 appearing as more likely start dates.
We speculate on why the team is going with an open-air stadium instead of one with a dome or a retractable roof, address why a downtown stadium never materialized, and explore whether Terry and Kim Pegula will ask for help from the taxpayers footing the bill for the project (while mentioning how new stadiums always fail to serve as valuable investments for the cities and towns that house them).
Boccacino and D’Amico share their thoughts on the new stadium plans, explore the idea of private seat licenses (PSLs) for season-ticket holders, and comment on a potential problem caused by the new stadium: With the lease at Highmark Stadium expiring in 2023, there could be at least one season, if not two, where the Bills would need to find a home for their home games—with Toronto and Penn State appearing to be potential solutions. Both Boccacino and D’Amico feel the team and Erie County will find a way to come to an agreement to cover those gap year(s).
Check out the latest Billieve Podcast for Boccacino and D’Amico’s thoughts on the new stadium, then join the conversation by leaving your thoughts in the comments section below.
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