Bills Delay Any Venue Decisions Until After November Elections
The Bills are determining whether to renovate New Era Field or build a new stadium, and co-Owner & President Kim Pegula said that both options are "on the table, though formal discussions won't begin" until after the New York gubernatorial race is settled in November, according to John Wawrow of the AP. Pegula said that while there have been "internal discussions regarding the future" of New Era Field, "no decisions have been made." Pegula also said that the team has "not yet hired a consultant to conduct a feasibility study." Pegula added that she would "like to have the framework of a plan in place before the current lease expires" in the summer of '23. The next step of this process is to meet with state and local officials to "determine how much public money might be available to fund an expensive project no matter which option the Bills choose." A state-funded study in '14 "estimated the next renovations at New Era Field would cost" $540M, and a new facility would "cost almost double" (AP, 9/12).