Study finds downtown is good place for new Bills stadium

Jan 18, 2015

Four locations have risen to the top of the list for a new Buffalo Bills stadium, according to a study commissioned by New York State.

The Buffalo News reveals that the Cobblestone District, Exchange Street, South Park and Orchard Park proved to be the most advantageous locations among fifteen that were reviewed.

Though a downtown stadium is supported by many, the city confines could limit traditional tailgating opportunities for fans. Michael Schmand, the Vice President and Executive Director of Buffalo Place, doesn't see this as a significant impediment.

Ralph Wilson Stadium
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"I imagine that you are going to have different opportunities if you bring a stadium to downtown Buffalo. Obviously, the infrastructure is in place with the new bars and restaurants, and folks might choose to go there for their brunch, like they do in other cities. But, I think, if people want to tailgate, and the owners of the parking lots are willing to accommodate them, which they do in Detroit, I think you can have the best of all worlds."

The study, carried out by a Los Angeles-based consulting firm, does not promote building a new stadium, but was ordered to investigate all possible locations. In Orchard Park, the study proposed both a new stadium and a complete renovation of the current facility. The cost of any new stadium is likely to reach near the $1 billion mark.