Council members would welcome downtown stadium

Dec 10, 2014

Buffalo Common Council members say they want to be ready if there is a push to build a new city stadium for the Buffalo Bills.

Council president Darius Pridgen wants a downtown stadium if it's used for more than just a handful of NFL games.
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The NFL has made it clear it wants a new stadium to replace the rehabbed facility in Orchard Park and Governor Cuomo has a committee meeting behind closed doors looking at what to do. That could range from building a new facility in Orchard Park to building somewhere else.

Fillmore District Common Council member David Franczyk said the major rehab which is just being completed is putting "lipstick on a pig."

Common Council President Darius Pridgen says downtown business interests want a downtown stadium.

"As long as that stadium isn't going to be used for more than just seven, eight times in a year and then sit vacant. I think everybody, many people are pushing for that," Pridgen said.

Several downtown sites are near First Niagara Center, home of the Sabres, also owned by Buffalo Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula.