Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - The Buffalo Bills are staying in Western
The team announced Friday that it had reached an agreement with Erie County
and the state on a 10-year lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
"The Buffalo Bills are a central part of the cultural, economic, and of the
entire Western part of New York State, and the state has never wavered in our
commitment to keeping the Bills a thriving part of the Buffalo community,"
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
Under the agreement, the Bills are committed to remain in Buffalo for at least
seven years, regardless of ownership.
According to the Buffalo News, a hefty relocation penalty is built into the
agreement. The franchise will have to pay $400 million if it leaves before
2020. In the final three years of the contract, the fee would only be $29
The deal also features a total of $130 million that will be devoted to
upgrading a venue that opened in 1973. The Bills will contribute $35 million
to the cause. The state and county will share the remaining $95 million
renovation costs, with $54 million coming from the state and $41 million from
The renovations will be centered around improving the fan experience,
including new video display boards on the stadium's east end and the creation
of a new west end plaza.
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