Many National Football League experts have been speculating for years that the Buffalo Bills would move to Los Angeles when their current lease expires in 2012 and now Toronto as of late.
The fact of the matter is that the Bills aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
The only way that the Bills will leave is if there is a brand new stadium just built that is available. The fact is the only two that could be built is in Los Angeles, but those will probably be occupied by the San Diego Chargers and the Minnesota Vikings as both teams look to be gone as current proposals for new stadiums in their current locations have fell through.
Even the Bills themselves stated last year that Ralph Wilson Stadium can out last all of us if it is properly taken care of. Currently, Erie County pays for all the renovations to the stadium with a yearly $2.9 million payment to the team. That means the Bills would easily enter into a new lease if the county and New York State gave them financial guarantees.
Yes, that means the amount that is paid to the Bills will go up. However, even a payment of $10 million a season would be a bargain to have the Bills still play at the Ralph as new stadiums cost at least $800 million. That means the tax payers would be paying $40 million a year over the next 20 years, because the Bills know that they can get whatever they want from the government due to the poor economy of the city.
So, Bills fans what is it that you want to pay? A brand new facility at $40 million a year for the next 20 years or a$10 million a year payment with up to an additional $10 million in stadium improvements for a total cost of $20 million a year for the next 15 years, and still play at the Ralph.
In the end, the Bills best stadium deal after 2012 is still right here at home.
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Written by Paul Kasprzak