There was a lot of talk at the spring league meetings in Atlanta about Buffalo’s stadium situation long term. Commissioner Roger Goodell weighed in on the topic as well as Bills President & CEO Russ Brandon.
A day before the Bills announced they had hired financial and legal advisors to begin the sale process of the club, Goodell reiterated his stance that a new stadium would be best for the team’s long term viability in Western New York.
“I believe a stadium is important to the franchise long term to continue to be successful in Western New York,” said Goodell. “But it is a long-term issue. We have a short-term issue. They are making improvements to the stadium and I think those are positive in the short term. But we all know this lease is 10 years and we have to look well beyond that for this franchise to continue to be successful in western New York.”
Appearing on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Wednesday morning Brandon was asked if staying with a retro-fit stadium as a long term solution would keep the team financially viable.
“That’s part of the deliverables of going through the studies,” said Brandon. “Obviously you can look at different markets. Kansas City went through a major retro-fit. Green Bay at Lambeau, they went through a major retro-fit. And then you look at new buildings like Minnesota and Atlanta and some of the new stadiums that have come on stream over the last few years. I think that’s our responsibility to deliver to the league what we think makes sense and what we can deliver from a revenue standpoint.”
Brandon said the new stadium working group will likely meet again at Bills training camp.
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