Good idea but it should be built by the private sector. A covered stadium could be used year round and make money a huge mistake they made when they built the Ralph!
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"Bread & Circuses". Two thousand years later, and what has changed?
of course build a downtown dome, make the team like Green Bay, community owned, as the duck commander would say "everyone happy, happy" besides the government needs a place to entertain the "entitlement crowd"
The stadium reflects their record on the field. A good match.
Are the Bills/NFL holding the Buffalo area hostage with the threat of build us a new stadium or we'll leave? That's their usual standard operating procedure.
Put a roof on it and make it a skating rink!!!
Wow. I can't believe this site censors the word for the central subject of Dante's Inferno. Really?
Should they get a new stadium, yeah, this one has had its day in the sun. Do I want the corruption and scheming that comes along with it? *****no. The current stadium is in a relatively good place, is not really that obsolete, except for maybe the bathrooms. This is a strange time to talk about this when there is some concern how much longer the team will stay here.
...maybe it's b/c specific uniformed public servants aren't involved in this issue.
Have patience, I'm sure I won't disappoint you.
As long as the wealthy owner(s) don't have to pay any part of the cost, of course I am for it. We are here to serve our betters, and who could be better than a multi-millionaire?
I'm just in shock that I agree with what captain says about all this.
No way, not how on taxpayer dollars. They make millions to embarrass themselves and Buffalo. If they want a new stadium let them pay for it themselves and whomever thinks they benefit from it can pitch in with them. Another thing since home games are being played in Canada let them kick in too.
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Sports franchises may be the biggest rip-off of taxpayers in American history but there is a perception that the area will not survive without a team. The Buffalo Bills are a "cash cow" feeding a small group of owners, players and staff with millions of dollars in profits. However, when it comes time for an investment it's always the taxpayers who take it on the chin. When I hear of the multi mullion dollar salaries paid to some players I always ask will there be a point where the public says "that's enough and I won't support this nonsense any longer"? The reality is that the Bills will get their new stadium and it had better have a dome. Fans will continue to pay a fortune to attend games along with $25.00 parking fees and eight bucks for a glass of beer and they will do it because there is little else in Western New York to cheer about.
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i like christophers statement best. would love to see events held there year round like rodeos and moster truck events.
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Think about it. If we want to support a county-owned nursing home, a small group of legislators have the power to sell it, yet that same small group can force us to pay for costs to build a new facility for a privately-owned, multi-million dollar sports franchise? And we wonder why political corruption is rampant?
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There's wayyyyyyy too much empirical data documenting the fact taxpayer-funded stadiums do NOT pay for themselves over time in terms of tax revenue, jobs, etc.
This will become another case of a "billionaires club" holding a community hostage.
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The Bills will NEVER pay for a new stadium. If we don't get them a stadium they'll be gone by the end of the current lease that expires in 7 years.
By the way, Ralph Wilson Stadium is a dump. I don't know why they keep putting hundreds of millions of dollars in renovations into that place. Just take that money and put it towards a new dome on the waterfront.
ALL pro sports franchises hold their respective communities hostage by threatening to move if taxpayers, or should I say elected officials, don't agree to build new facilities.
Granted, a team needs "permission" from the league to move, but the commissioner or ruling body has absolutely no concern for taxpayers, and makes a decision based solely on the owners' desire to make more money.
I don't want to see the Bills leave, but ALL owners of ANY sports team, NOT the public, should finance their own operations.
I happened to own property in Erie County when then County Executive, Dennis Gorski, asserted that residential property taxes would be higher if it weren't for the existence of the Buffalo Bills operation. I wrote to him, challenging him to prove his statement using a "Generally Accepted Accounting Practices" standard. Letters to each other went back and forth, but ultimately Gorski admitted that he couldn't back up his original allegation. You'd think that if there was provable evidence that property owners do receive a positive benefit in return for their tax dollar "investment" in the Bills that it would published on the front page of the Buffalo News occasionally; but other than "blue smoke & mirrors", leap of faith type statements,....there's nothing.
I'm in favor of a new stadium, as long as the Bill's pay for it but in no way should any tax dollars be used for it.
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No don't spend more tax dollars on a loosing franchise. Let them move to Canada. Good bye -the Bums!
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By the way, I attended concerts there with more paying customers than a Bills game, paying as much or more than a Bills ticket. People who live in the area will tell you there's more trouble after Bills games than after concerts.
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The economic impact is very minimal. Ralph Wilson doesn't allow selling the naming rights worth an estimated $4 million! He doesn't allow any other use, to speak of, and TAXPAYERS own the stadium! No tax dollars ever for any sports franchise! If the Bills left, the county could make more money by holding concerts and other events there year round, from music to rodeo's to monster truck events, and the county would get ALL of the money, and even with winter a LOT more use than 8 home games a year.
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This is a no-brainer, and please don't raise the economic benefit b/c it's a separate issue.
Taxpayers should NEVER be forced to pay for construction costs of ANY pro sports stadium. EVERY state has a law requiring ALL children go to school. This law is based on the presumption that it'll help produce a better-educated society, and it's why ALL homeowners throughout the country (w/kids or not) are forced to pay the costs associated with public ED (no doubt we'll hear from steiner on this).
In contrast, pro sports franchises have no such social value whatsoever, therefore, the public should NOT be forced to pay for these costs. I've often wondered why a good atty has never challenged this issue.
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let these bums pay for it themselves
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