The Buffalo Bills will be calling Western New York home for the foreseeable future, thanks to Monday’s news that the Bills and New York State have a stadium agreement in place.
Today’s edition of the Bills daily links leads off by examining this news, breaking down the details of the new stadium, the associated financial costs, the impact on the taxpayers and when the new stadium is expected to open.
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Bills, New York State announce stadium deal
Buffalo’s new $1.4 billion facility will be built across the street from the team’s current home in Orchard Park, and will be an open-air stadium. While some were clamoring for a domed stadium, the Bills’ new stadium will offer protection from the elements for a majority of fans.
Click below for the details behind the new facility, including the length of the lease (30 years), stadium capacity (between 60-62,000 seats with a standing-room party deck for up to 5,000 more), the timeline that led to the new stadium agreement, and more.
- Buffalo Bills, New York State, Erie County reach ‘ironclad’ 30-year deal to build $1.4 billion stadium | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Done deal; Agreement is reached on new Bills stadium in OP - WGR 550
- NFL unanimously approves Buffalo Bills’ proposal for new $1.4 billion stadium; Bills reach lease agreement with New York and Erie County - ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
- Buffalo Bills, Erie County and New York State reach agreement to build new $1.4 billion stadium in Orchard Park - The Athletic (subscription required).
- A decade in the making: A timeline of how the Buffalo Bills stadium deal happened | Local News | buffalonews.com
- What Bills fans need to know about the New Bills Stadium project - BuffaloBills.com
- Statement from Terry and Kim Pegula on the New Bills Stadium project - BuffaloBills.com
What does Buffalo’s new stadium cost?
Buffalo’s new facility comes with a hefty $1.4 billion price tag. The costs (public funding is expected to be $850 million with $600 million coming from the state, $250 million from Erie County, $200 million through a loan to the Pegulas from the NFL and $350 million being paid by the Pegulas). Below, find out the financial numbers, explore the “ironclad” non-relocation agreement, speculate on when construction could begin, and more!
- Buffalo Bills’ new stadium will cost state and county taxpayers $850 million in public funds - multiple reports - ESPN.com
- Who pays for what? Here is how the costs break down for new Buffalo Bills stadium | Local News | buffalonews.com
- Bills’ new $1.4 billion stadium to include $850 million in public money as part of 30-year deal – The Athletic (subscription required).
- Taxpayer tab is $850M for Bills’ new stadium, NY gov says - newyorkupstate.com
- What we know – and don’t know – about what taxpayers will spend on new Bills stadium | Local News | buffalonews.com
- How Buffalo Bills stadium deal compares to other NFL stadium pacts | Local News | buffalonews.com
- New Buffalo Bills stadium would be owned by New York State | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- NFL owners, execs praise deal to finance new Bills stadium as win for small-market teams | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- How the ‘ironclad’ non-relocation agreement in Bills stadium deal would work | Local News | buffalonews.com
- When will construction begin on new $1.4 billion Buffalo Bills stadium? - newyorkupstate.com
- Erik Brady: If hating public money for stadiums while being happy the Bills are staying is wrong, I don’t want to be right | Local News | buffalonews.com
- Community benefits agreement for new Buffalo Bills stadium still to be hammered out | Local News | buffalonews.com
- Bills coach Sean McDermott’s request for new stadium: ‘loud’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
Bills bringing back OL Ryan Bates, Ike Boettger
In on-field news, the Bills will match the offer sheet the Chicago Bears offered to offensive lineman Ryan Bates, while Buffalo has re-signed unrestricted free agent Ike Boettger to a one-year contract.
- Bills match Bears’ offer for Ryan Bates, keeping him in Buffalo; re-sign Ike Boettger | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Bills match Bears’ offer sheet for Bates; re-sign Boettger - WGR 550
- Buffalo Bills to match Chicago Bears’ offer sheet to guard Ryan Bates, GM Brandon Beane says - ESPN.com Buffalo Bills Blog
- Bills re-sign OL Ike Boettger to a one-year contract; Ryan Bates to return | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
- Bills re-sign OL Ike Boettger - BuffaloBills.com
- Bears GM has two-word response to Bills matching Ryan Bates’ offer sheet - newyorkupstate.com
Will WR Stefon Diggs get a new contract this offseason?
After several big-time wide receivers—notably Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams—signed massive contract extensions this offseason, Bills fans have wondered if Buffalo might extend its Pro Bowl wideout, Stefon Diggs, this offseason. General manager Brandon Beane addressed that topic, saying the team wants to have Diggs in Buffalo “for years to come.”