Stadium lease

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The Buffalo Bills are committed to playing their home games at New Era Field through 2023. But Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, wanting to get a head start on preparations for future lease talks, is already putting out a call to law firms who may be interested in providing counsel when negotiations begin.

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The Buffalo Bills have informed Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz that the pro football franchise will not exercise an opt-out which could have ended its lease at New Era Field this summer.

League owners approve stadium lease

Mar 19, 2013
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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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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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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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Lease negotiations between the Buffalo Bills and the County of Erie appear to making headway.

County Executive Mark Poloncarz believes that the most significant issues could be ironed out be the end of July and the deal could be signed by the end of the year.

Stadium renovations, estimated at more than $200 million, are among the issues to be addressed.