Bon Jovi-Led Group Interested In Bills Denies Looking At Toronto Sites For New Venue
A Toronto-based group fronted by singer Jon Bon Jovi that is looking to purchase the Bills insists that it "is not looking at potential new stadium sites in Southern Ontario and that its plans are to keep the team in Western New York," according to Tom Precious of the BUFFALO NEWS. Toronto-based Wessex Capital Partners co-Founder Andrew Bergmann, who is a stadium consultant for the group, said, "It’s the Buffalo Bills, and they will do everything they can to make that work there." Bergmann said that the group has "only examined various design ideas for a new stadium, and has not yet been performing any site-selection work." He added that he and "others involved with the group’s efforts will meet with two 'prominent' Buffalo-area developers Wednesday to discuss sites they have in mind for a new stadium." Bergmann said that talk of "any sites is premature but insisted that the group is looking to either build a new stadium in the Buffalo area or possibly renovate the current 41-year-old stadium and keep the team in Orchard Park." He added that the stadium configurations that the group has looked at "range from an open, 15-acre stadium to a 25-acre version if a retractable roof is incorporated" (BUFFALO NEWS, 7/25). The AP's John Wawrow cited a source as saying that the Toronto group has "conducted a feasibility study into buying the NFL franchise and building a stadium in Toronto." The source said that the study "identified at least three potential stadium sites -- two in Toronto, including one on the waterfront, and another in the suburb of Mississauga." Bergmann in an e-mail on Thursday confirmed that his company "has conducted stadium studies, 'but nothing related to any specific site'" (AP, 7/24).