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BDC 12/21: New Lease Agreement Announced

Posted by Bills Daily Charge on December 21, 2012 – 2:02 pm

–Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Bills CEO Russ Brandon today announced that the Buffalo Bills have committed to remain in Western New York for at least the next seven years.

The Agreement signed today by the Governor, the Buffalo Bills, and Erie County includes a commitment from the Bills to stay in Buffalo for at least the next seven years, and $130 million in upgrades to Ralph Wilson Stadium.  The agreement also includes the creation of a New Stadium Working Group and Fund to explore the potential for constructing a future new professional sports stadium in Western New York.


Bills CEO Russ Brandon
On today’s announcement:
“We are here today because Mr. Wilson, Governor Cuomo and County Executive Poloncarz each, from day one, tasked their staffs to get this done. Additionally, Commissioner Goodell understands our community, feels the passion of our fans and worked with the Governor to help shape this deal. And today is another strong example of Mr. Wilson’s dedication to the birthplace of this franchise. The investment, while significant, is modest in contrast to building a new stadium or engaging in a major retrofit, far less than what the interest alone would be on a new stadium over the term. We look forward to the opportunity to execute this plan and to join Governor Cuomo and County Executive Poloncarz as we work toward a shared vision for the future of the Buffalo Bills beyond the term of this deal.”


Lease Agreement
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, NYS Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, and Bills CEO Russ Brandon pose for a photo after announcing a new 10-year lease agreement between the county and Ralph Wilson Stadium.


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