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STADIUM IMPROVEMENTS BECOMING TOO RICH FOR COUNTY'S BLOOD
Published January 6, 1995
The total cost to stadium improvements at Rich Stadium in suburban Buffalo has risen from $22.7M to $26.7M with Erie County picking up the tab for the overruns. The $4M cost overrun will be picked up by the county, which originally was to contribute $8M. A practice facility originally estimated at $3.5M will now cost $8M and proposed underground walkways from Rich Stadium to parking lots will cost $4M. As a result, planned new restrooms at the stadium have taken a backseat. Meanwhile, a $4M grant Erie County is seeking from the Federal Government is on hold. The county claims that air-quality funding is appropriate for the tunnels because they will "improve traffic flow and are expected to reduce the time fans spend inhaling auto fumes" (Margaret Hammersley, BUFFALO NEWS, 1/5).