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1 hour ago, BillnutinHouston said:

 

Link?  While my memory differs from yours about what explanations were given, what you are asserting would have been an incredibly shallow and disingenuous explanation, given that it was well known to the public and more importantly to decision makers that the stadium was designed to be expandable.

Ok I don't need to explain it to you. I am going by my memory and what I remember was said back then.. and thats that. Lets get back on topic shall wel?

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1 hour ago, nucci said:

I disagree. The stadium was built knowing it could be expanded to major league size if we got a team

yep. You said it. They would have to expand to major league size right? from 20k seats to 45 k seats. There you have it. Do you know the cost of doing that? The difference I am trying to tell you is It would already be set up size wise for MLB. Thats all I am saying. Was Location and not big market place part of it or even most of it? Yes.. But seating had a role. 

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1 hour ago, DrDawkinstein said:

 

No one is saying they'll pack it with conventions. But having the option and the ability to generate any revenue outside of merely 10 days a year is smarter than not having it.

 

With Buffalo's central location to so much of the NE population, they certainly could try to rope in a couple of different events. Better than none.

 

The "build new convention centers" call form some reason won't die.  This topic has been put to rest countless times, one would think.  This country is flooded with convention space.  Buffalo has plenty  (and isn't fully booked).  

 

Pegula can pay for whatever stadium he can image.  Let's leave the state's taxpayers out of this.

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2 minutes ago, PrimeTime101 said:

yep. You said it. They would have to expand to major league size right? from 20k seats to 45 k seats. There you have it. Do you know the cost of doing that? The difference I am trying to tell you is It would already be set up size wise for MLB. Thats all I am saying. Was Location and not big market place part of it or even most of it? Yes.. But seating had a role. 

ok, but the reason we didn't get a team was not because of the stadium. It was because Rich backed out when he found out the cost was $95M

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Why spend a billion dollars on a new stadium in Orchard Park?  Our market is North. Bring the stadium closer to Southern Ontario - and downtown fits the bill.

 

We need to use mass transit and commuter rail that connects in Buffalo. We will never get money for a new/renovated stadium in OP AND mass transit.

 

Have you ever been to a game in Seattle?  The stadium is aligned with a very cool mixed use neighborhood (hotels, restaurants, condos, offices, retail) that lead right into the heart of the city.  Game days are SO MUCH fun - bar hopping, partying and seeing tons of people everywhere.

 

Buffalo will adjust... and the Pegula's need a multi-function use stadium to keep revenue coming in to stay competitive in the NFL; hence, its not a bad idea to couple the stadium with convention space - Buffalo "needs" a new one.

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2 minutes ago, Mr. WEO said:

 

The "build new convention centers" call form some reason won't die.  This topic has been put to rest countless times, one would think.  This country is flooded with convention space.  Buffalo has plenty  (and isn't fully booked).  

 

Pegula can pay for whatever stadium he can image.  Let's leave the state's taxpayers out of this.

 

Personally, I agree. And it would be smartest for Pegula to fund it all himself, and then he'd be able to CONTROL it all himself. But I dont think that will happen either.

 

It's not just the Convention Center aspect of it. It's being able to use the building outside of Bills games in any manner.

 

If they build a new stadium downtown, and it is an enclosed building, there is no reason the MAC Football Championship shouldnt be moved there. Ditch Ford Field. Could probably get another Bowl game there too.

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Short but good read of the proposed Lancaster Domed Stadium(Ed Cottrell) from the 1960's, it never getting built at that location(current stadium built instead in OP), and the subsequent lawsuit by Cottrell.  

 

The area of Lancaster where the stadium was to be built is now filled with endless subdivisions of houses and patio homes.

 

Over the years, I knew some of the story, but never knew this would have been the 2nd domed stadium after the Astrodome, built in the world.

 

http://ampoleagle.com/when-it-comes-to-a-new-stadium-we-should-learn-from-the-past-p8386-208.htm

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49 minutes ago, PrimeTime101 said:

yep. You said it. They would have to expand to major league size right? from 20k seats to 45 k seats. There you have it. Do you know the cost of doing that? The difference I am trying to tell you is It would already be set up size wise for MLB. Thats all I am saying. Was Location and not big market place part of it or even most of it? Yes.. But seating had a role. 

Not really.  That’s what the third deck is for.  The issue with MLB is that our market can’t support a franchise.  

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Pilot Field was originally designed, ready to remove the green roof and put in another deck and also expand the right field bleachers into more and permanent seating.

 

Buffalo was a finalist, along with Denver, Washington DC, and (Orlando/Miami/St Petersburg) (it was a no secret 1 of the teams was going to be put in a Florida location, it was just a matter of which one.

 

Right around the time that the Finalists were announced, I believe Rich publicly stated reservations about the cost of doing business as an MLB team including the $95 million expansion fee.  I dont believe the Riches really pursued it down to the wire.

 

It would have been a disaster here anyway and they may have been relocated by now.  Buffalo is/was too small for MLB with how the economics of the league are set.  It would be a dream for me and I would almost certainly be a STH.  The corporate dollars are not there, and the RSN fees would not be anywhere near competitive.  The Riches have enough $ to sustain losses, but they don't really seem to be willing to get their noses dirty (were very silent during Sabres and Bills sales).  

 

I still hold out hope for a miracle of a fortune 500 or 2 downtown with a revival and an MLB team.

 

 

 

 

Its a little known story, but apparently before all that, the Riches had dinner with the owner of the SF Giants.  The Giants' owner was bitching about Candlestick Park as well as the weather they had to deal with playing there.   The riches proposed moving or sharing the team in Buffalo and calling them the New York Giants.  There were a few meetings on that but it didnt get too far.

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, SectionC3 said:

Not really.  That’s what the third deck is for.  The issue with MLB is that our market can’t support a franchise.  

so a third deck over 100% more 22k more then the rest of the ballpark? no... lol  This was highly suggested and talked about on other forums and not the main op topic here.

2 hours ago, nucci said:

ok, but the reason we didn't get a team was not because of the stadium. It was because Rich backed out when he found out the cost was $95M

this was part of it too. 

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2 hours ago, DrDawkinstein said:

 

Personally, I agree. And it would be smartest for Pegula to fund it all himself, and then he'd be able to CONTROL it all himself. But I dont think that will happen either.

 

It's not just the Convention Center aspect of it. It's being able to use the building outside of Bills games in any manner.

 

If they build a new stadium downtown, and it is an enclosed building, there is no reason the MAC Football Championship shouldnt be moved there. Ditch Ford Field. Could probably get another Bowl game there too.

You need to fill that venue with "stuff" as many of the 365 days you can to make any money. Sports. Jehovah's witnesses. Concerts. High school graduations. Anything, everything.

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18 hours ago, jeremy2020 said:

 

I don't think they have much choice. I believe the NFL is pushing hard for them to get a more modern stadium. So the question is should the team move or should they get get a new stadium/update the existing?

 

There is no option C. "leave it alone". 

 

So the owner who "saved" the Bills from moving is going to, a handful of years after buying the team and before his first stadium lease is up, credibly threaten to move the team?

 

LOL, I love this place!

 

3 hours ago, DrDawkinstein said:

 

Personally, I agree. And it would be smartest for Pegula to fund it all himself, and then he'd be able to CONTROL it all himself. But I dont think that will happen either.

 

It's not just the Convention Center aspect of it. It's being able to use the building outside of Bills games in any manner.

 

If they build a new stadium downtown, and it is an enclosed building, there is no reason the MAC Football Championship shouldnt be moved there. Ditch Ford Field. Could probably get another Bowl game there too.

 

Every public entity foolish enough to build a new convention center has gone with the same mantra: "just fill it with events!" And stadiums are rarely used anywhere for a solid schedule of stadium sized events.  Buffalo is not a destination, so there are few convention events to make a dent in the costs of such a center.

 

The Bills announced today that they have "revised" that "study" they did a while ago about the stadium issue, taking COVID economy into consideration.  My guess is that their first plan/money grab was bold enough to get them laughed out of the room these days.

 

Here's the only deal the county (NYS can't afford this nonsense) should listen to:  whatever % ofd the financing the billionaire couple seeks from the public should be paid for in a matching % ownership by the public.  This is the model the NFL should approve of going forward.  It has been known for years that there is no sigbnificant financial benefit for the public financing of stadiums, only cost.  Let the public share in the revenue or pay for it yourselves....

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3 hours ago, Mr. WEO said:

 

The "build new convention centers" call form some reason won't die.  This topic has been put to rest countless times, one would think.  This country is flooded with convention space.  Buffalo has plenty  (and isn't fully booked).  

 

Pegula can pay for whatever stadium he can image.  Let's leave the state's taxpayers out of this.

It doesn't have to be one or the other.  For a smaller city like Buffalo, it might be better if the facility could be used for multiple functions.  This doesn't mean the main stadium 'room' would be used for conventions, but you could imagine a facility in which the central concourse, restrooms, snack bars, restaurants could be shared with adjacent Convention-sized spaces.  This would allow the building to be used more than a dozen or so times a year. Flexibility is the key.  And...it could be that the Pegulas would fund it and charge the Convention Committee (or the City) rent to use their facility.  It might be a public/private partnership win:win revenue stream for everyone.

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16 minutes ago, SoCal Deek said:

It doesn't have to be one or the other.  For a smaller city like Buffalo, it might be better if the facility could be used for multiple functions.  This doesn't mean the main stadium 'room' would be used for conventions, but you could imagine a facility in which the central concourse, restrooms, snack bars, restaurants could be shared with adjacent Convention-sized spaces.  This would allow the building to be used more than a dozen or so times a year. Flexibility is the key.  And...it could be that the Pegulas would fund it and charge the Convention Committee (or the City) rent to use their facility.  It might be a public/private partnership win:win revenue stream for everyone.

 

 

There already is an under utilized Buffalo Convention Center.  Plus such a "flexible" venue being used another couple dozen times a year is the definition of a financial disaster.

 

The country has a glut of convention square footage--much of it in far more attractive conventioning cities than Buffalo---and much of int lays empty for the vast majority of the year.  Convention centers are one of the worst investments of public money ever conceived.

 

This gets mentioned every time a "downtown stadium" is discussed.  It's committing one boondoggle (public financing of a stadium) and then compounding it infinitely into a completely predictable financial unforced error.

 

Pegula can just "drill another well", right?  Let him do so and build a nice new stadium if he wants one.  Unlike the County and State--he has the money to do it (or the access to funds needed).

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1 hour ago, Mr. WEO said:

 

So the owner who "saved" the Bills from moving is going to, a handful of years after buying the team and before his first stadium lease is up, credibly threaten to move the team?

 

LOL, I love this place!

 

Why are you such a dimbulb? What did your parents do to you? 

 

We're all really tired of having to explain simple concepts to you while you run around here claiming to be smrt. 

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Before we get started, I'm not a resident of Buffalo and the few games I catch in Buffalo tickets prices don't greatly effect me.

 

Is it worth it to you guys to take on the extra taxes and increased prices for the stadium? Or is it pretty much the NFL wants something done so you may as well go all out if you have to go halfway at a minimum?

 

Again I have no dog in the fight so my opinion really doesn't matter, I'm just curious.  I live in South Alabama so the taxes in Buffalo will definitely not effect me lol.

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5 hours ago, teef said:

you're preaching to the choir.   i also live in monroe county, (i think we're the second in the state), the family has a place in sackets harbor, and i have a building in ontario county.  it's gross.  soon i'll be paying tax on 3 places in NY.  

 

i was more just wondering why your taxes went up so much.  i just assumed you they were adjusted to your purchase price.  

Purchase price was the other guy from Buffalo not me but taxes are gross in ny

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20 minutes ago, jeremy2020 said:

 

Why are you such a dimbulb? What did your parents do to you? 

 

We're all really tired of having to explain simple concepts to you while you run around here claiming to be smrt. 

 

So you think it's possible he would even threaten to move the team under any circumstance?

 

What my parents did for me is bring me into a world where I can enjoy the printed thoughts of people such as yourself.  I am eternally grateful to them for this!

 

And where did I claim to be "smart". lol

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20 hours ago, Logic said:

If they're going to build a new stadium, I hope it stays in Orchard Park.

I can't remember which team's new stadium it was (Pittsburgh? Houston?), but they just built it on what used to be the parking lot of the old stadium, and turned the site of the old stadium into the new parking lot.

I'm all for whatever it takes to keep the Bills in Buffalo long term, but game days sure would lose a lot of their charm and what makes them special if the stadium left Orchard Park for downtown Buffalo. Having been to away games in city centers, I can say that the Bills game day experience is much, much, MUCH more fun and unique and special. 

Keep the Bills in Orchard Park.

I'm down with this. The NFL just wants a new sexy stadium to look good on TV, while bills fans want the game day experience. I think you could get the best of both worlds doing it this way

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9 hours ago, May Day 10 said:

I would prefer renovating the current stadium.  I love the sightlines and I believe the NFL experience there is truly unique and it is a draw for fans of other teams.  We have history there.  I like the elements.  I love Bills games, they are hopefully going to remain competitive and game experience will be that much better.  I am proud of what we have and every year that is preserved it will be more and more special and more of an attraction.

 

Second choice is an outdoor stadium with more of a roof in an adjacent parking lot in OP.

 

Third choice would be the outdoor stadium with roof downtown.

 

Fourth choice is an indoor stadium but with an open-air feel to it with natural light and a unique setup (that would be downtown no matter what IMO)

 

Last choice would be a Ford Field style sterile indoor where it feels like the games are played in about 80% light and every single game looks the same, devoid of atmosphere.

 

I dont think retractable is a realistic possibility for the cost and the climate. 

I hate watching games at Ford Field.  Looks like a mausoleum.  Low light and sterile.

 

I keep seeing others talk about a roof to attract other events.  There aren't that many

other events to put in a football stadium.  And to add a retractable roof raises the costs

exponentially for all of those who worry about the price tag and its effect on local taxes.  Build a stadium

like Seattle with the overhangs on either side.

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