Bills & Erie County agree to one year lease extension

Sep 12, 2012

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. 

Poloncarz says it's a complex matter - and it's been his number one priority since taking office.  

Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz holds up the Bills lease deal explaining it is complicated
Credit WBFO News photo by Chris Caya

Team CEO Russ Brandon says the delays could critically alter plans for renovations at Ralph Wilson Stadium which had been targeted to begin following the current season.

The current lease expires July 31, 2013. 

Poloncarz says even if a deal is reached before the end of 2012 - getting it approved in time by the NFL would be unlikely .