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NFL, Bills Not Showing Interest In Proposed Retractable-Roof Stadium In Buffalo
Published October 24, 2012
OPPORTUNITY FOR MORE THAN FOOTBALL: In Rochester, Meaghan McDermott notes the developers said that the proposed stadium project "could create as many as 10,000 construction jobs, invigorate the western New York economy and almost guarantee a Super Bowl game within two or three years after the project’s completion." Among the "planned amenities that would make the site a year-round attraction is a North American Museum of Sports and Culture." Hasiotis said, “It is not fair to characterize this only as a football stadium. It would not only be used 8 or 10 times a year. It would be used daily, day in and day out” (ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT & CHRONICLE, 10/24).
BORDER CROSSING: In Toronto, Mike Zeisberger notes Buffalo developer Rocco Termini has the idea that a "permanent NFL facility for the Bills could one day sprout up" in Hamilton, Ontario. Termini "claimed the Buffalo area will lose the Bills within 10 years because western New York does not have enough corporate headquarters to afford buying all the private suites and luxury boxes that has become a staple revenue source of the NFL." By specifically identifying Hamilton "as a viable alternative for a new venue, Termini feels such a location would elicit corporate financial support from the thriving business community in the Greater Toronto Area." There "do not appear to be any blue prints from Termini," nor does there "seem to be anything on paper." Instead, he said that he "was just 'floating' the idea" (TORONTO SUN, 10/24).