The Buffalo Bills are receiving $600 million from New York’s state budget to build a $1.4 billion stadium in Orchard Park. A recent poll shows that most voters don’t support this decision.
According to The Buffalo News‘ Matt Glynn, a Siena Research Institute poll found that 63 percent of 806 surveyed registered voters oppose the state spending $600 million on the new venue. Only 24 percent of responders approve the deal.
Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said that the stadium didn’t receive support from the majority of any demographic. Furthermore, 68 percent of upstate voters and 69 percent of downstate voters are against the deal, worse than the 55 of New York City voters who oppose the new complex.
63% of New York voters disapprove of the state putting $600 million in funding toward a new Buffalo Bills stadium, according to a poll by Siena College.
Less than 1 in 4 support the proposal. pic.twitter.com/uq8LzaPWWn
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“Our public schools got less than the Buffalo Bills stadium,” Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (D-Manhattan) said, via Michael Petro of the Buffalo News. “The climate bill, the climate project that we really wanted, also got less than the Buffalo Bills project. Is that what we stand for? This is a moment where we have to look at where our priorities are.”
Buffalo’s current stadium opened in 1973, the team’s fourth year in the NFL. Soldier Field, Lambeau Field, and Arrowhead Stadium are the league’s only older venues.
While Highmark Stadium may be due for an upgrade, most New York taxpayers don’t want their dollars going toward a sporting arena for owner Terry Pegula, who has a net worth of $5.8 billion.
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