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9:32 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Niagara County being considered for Bills stadium

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Don't rule out Niagara Falls as a potential home of the Buffalo Bills.

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Buffalo Bills
7:35 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Stadium group meets for first time

Bills President Russ Brandon with County Executive Mark Poloncarz
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WBFO's Chris Caya reports

The New Stadium Working Group met for the first time in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center Tuesday afternoon. The panel is made up of representatives from the state, Erie County and the Buffalo Bills.

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Local
12:32 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Bills choose seven representatives for stadium panel

Ralph Wilson Stadium could be replaced, repaired, or moved.
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The Buffalo Bills have announced the seven-member panel that will serve on the team's New Stadium Working Group.

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Sports
12:33 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Bills fans to celebrate Wilson's life with tailgate party

Buffalo Bills fans tailgate before the game.
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A group of Buffalo Bills fans plan to celebrate team owner Ralph Wilson’s life with a tailgate party this weekend.

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Developing
12:17 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Bills 'postpone' Toronto series

The Buffalo Bills series in Toronto has featured poor attendance and losing games for the "home team."

The Buffalo Bills have put their annual regular-season game in Toronto on hold. The team will play all eight home games at Ralph Wilson Stadium next season.

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Local
9:02 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Cuomo committee to explore new Bills stadium

Ralph Wilson Stadium opened in 1973 and is one of the oldest facilities in the NFL.
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As the $130 million rehab of Ralph Wilson Stadium continues, Governor Cuomo is moving toward starting a long-planned study of a new home for the Buffalo Bills.

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Attendance remains low at the annual contest
10:33 am
Sun January 5, 2014

Future Bills games in Toronto to face review

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The Buffalo Bills are denying a Toronto Sun report that the future of the team's regular season series at the Rogers Centre may be in doubt.

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Buffalo Bills
9:08 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Higgins says NFL blackouts unfair to Bills fans

Congressman Brian Higgins
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The Buffalo Bills will play their last home game of the season Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.  But if you don't have a ticket, you won't be able to see it.  The game will be blacked out on local television after failing to sell out. 

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Local
9:30 am
Thu December 5, 2013

County executive wants all Bills home games in OP

Outside Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, home of the Buffalo Bills.
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During his weekly radio show Wednesday, Buffalo Bills president Russ Brandon expressed concern over whether the Bills lose a competitive edge playing home games in Toronto. Brandon says the series held in the Rogers Centre will "be reviewed in a grand manner." Meanwhile, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he would like to see all Bills home games played in Orchard Park.


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Local
4:51 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Bills fan pleads not guilty in stadium fall

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A football fan who slid down a stadium railing during a Buffalo Bills game and fell into the stands below has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges.

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Local
12:49 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Bills fan falls from upper deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium

Buffalo Bills fan falls from upper deck at Ralph Wilson Stadium

A Buffalo Bills fan plunged from the stands at Ralph Wilson Stadium during Sunday's game in Orchard Park.

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Local
5:00 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Traffic change aims to ease congestion exiting The Ralph

The new traffic pattern goes into effect Sunday.
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New traffic rules affecting the egress process for leaving the stadium will go into effect Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Larger police presence inside stadium
10:28 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Security beefed up for Bills' games

Ralph Wilson Stadium
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An approval by Erie County lawmakers will provide greater security at Ralph Wilson Stadium during Bills' games.

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Local
9:25 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Legislature approves 10-year lease for Bills stadium, includes luxury box for Governor

Deputy County Executive Richard Tobe helped negotiate the new lease deal.
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The Erie County Legislature unanimously approved a new 10-year lease deal for Ralph Wilson Stadium Thursday afternoon, the last major obstacle to cementing a long-term commitment with the Buffalo Bills.

WBFO'S Mike Desmond reports on Thursday approval for the new Buffalo Bills stadium lease

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Local
12:19 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

League owners approve stadium lease

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The NFL has approved the terms and conditions of the Buffalo Bills' recently negotiated 10-year, $271 million lease that includes significant upgrades to Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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Local
4:23 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

County legislators approve stadium lease deal

An artist rendering of improvements, including a new video board, at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Erie County legislators have unanimously approved the memorandum of understanding on a new ten-year lease with the Buffalo Bills for their stadium in Orchard Park.

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Local
9:51 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Governor's budget plan includes Ralph Wilson Stadium funding

Outside Ralph Wilson Staduim, Orchard Park, NY
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Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget includes $54 million of the state's share of the planned rehabilitation of Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park. 

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Local
3:27 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Bills unveil upgrade designs for Ralph Wilson Stadium

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Plans for renovating Ralph Wilson Stadium were shared with Erie County lawmakers and County Executive Mark Poloncarz in Orchard Park Thursday.

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Local
1:24 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Bills seeking stadium snow shovelers

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If you could use some extra cash to help pay those holiday shopping bills, Ralph Wilson Stadium is the place to be Friday and Saturday. 

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Local
1:45 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Bills agree to new 10-year stadium lease with county, $130M in upgrades

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, and Bills CEO Russ Brandon
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An early Christmas present for Buffalo Bills fans arrived in Orchard Park today. The team has signed a new 10-year lease with Erie County for Ralph Wilson Stadium that will keep the franchise in western New York for at least the near future.

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Local
12:15 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Health advocacy group says local chicken is tainted

A new billboard near the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard and McKinley Parkway is warning consumers about the cleanliness of the chicken they eat.

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Many details remain unknown
11:13 am
Sun November 18, 2012

Family questions events that led to man's death at stadium

Ralph Wilson Stadium
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Questions abound after the death of a Bills' fan whose body was discovered following Thursday night's game.

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Local
4:44 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Man found dead after Bills game identified

A Buffalo Bills fan who went missing from last night's game has been found dead.

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Local
3:40 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Bills lease negotiations continue with state and county leaders

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Talks are still underway over the proposed renovations of Erie County's football stadium in Orchard Park.

In a visit to Buffalo Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy said Governor Andrew Cuomo, the Bills, and Erie County are talking, but an agreement made in the beginning of talks precludes him from saying much.

Duffy says the negotiators have agreed to talk behind closed doors.

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Stipulation could hold team to region
10:04 am
Sun September 23, 2012

Bills lease likely to include buyout clause

Ralph Wilson Stadium
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Negotiations between the Buffalo Bills and the region's governments regarding a new lease for Ralph Wilson Stadium have been secretive.

However, a buyout clause is likely to be a part of any final agreement. The existing lease, which expires in 2013, did include a buyout clause that was worth as much as $30 million. Such a clause in a new contract is expected to reach nearly $100 million. The team is looking to secure improvements to the facility that will cost taxpayers upwards of $200 million.

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Local
2:46 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Bills & Erie County agree to one year lease extension

Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
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The Buffalo Bills and Erie County have agreed to extend their current stadium lease through July 2014.

The one-year extension was announced Wednesday morning by Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.

Talks over lease negotiations for the Bills lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium have been stalled.

Poloncarz said the last meeting between the Bills, the County and the State was June 29th. But Poloncarz insists this weekend's game will not be the Bills last home opener in Orchard Park. He says the Bills have agreed to extend their current lease through July 2014. 

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Local
9:20 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Lease negotiations won't lead to new stadium for Bills

Little information has been made available to the public during the quiet lease negotiations between the Buffalo Bills and Erie County, but it's clear that a new stadium is not in the immediate future.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz says there are really three reasons for keeping the team where it is: the county can't afford a billion dollars for a new facility, the Bills aren't asking for one and, there is no room downtown.

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Sports
2:22 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Schumer seeks to amend NFL loan program for stadium upgrades

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  • Senator Schumer speaking at Ralph Wilson Stadium Wednesday afternoon

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is requesting a change to a National Football League's matching loan program to free up $25 million in league revenue to help with renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium, without a penalty to the community if the team is sold.

Currently, what is known as the G-4 loan program would help the Bills pay for stadium upgrades, but it would have to be paid back immediately if the team is sold. That would permit a new owner to liquidate assets and relocate the franchise.

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Local
9:24 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Bills make gameday changes

Fans attending Thursday's NFL pre-season game between the Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins are encouraged to arrive at stadium gates one hour prior to kickoff.

Bills officials are hopeful the early arrivals will alleviate delays while security officials enact new procedures.

Gate personnel will no longer "pat down" team customers; instead hand-held metal detectors will be used to conduct personal searches.

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Deal designed to protect taxpayers
11:08 am
Sun July 15, 2012

County looks to lock Bills to region with new lease

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It is expected that the basic framework of a new lease deal between Erie County and the Buffalo Bills could be structured within the next few weeks.

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