FILE - In this March 26, 2014, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell answers questions during a news conference at the NFL football annual meeting in Orlando, Fla. Goodell told a gathering of Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday, April 24, 2014, that a vote is uncertain on the proposal to add two teams to the postseason. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)
Goodell: Bills Need New Stadium to Ensure Future
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he believes the Buffalo Bills will require a new stadium to remain viable in western New York.
In calling the Bills recently negotiated 10-year lease agreement a "short-term solution," Goodell says a new stadium would be the next step in finding "the right long-term solution."
Goodell spoke Wednesday during a pre-NFL draft event in New York City.
The Bills' long-term future is uncertain after owner Ralph Wilson died in March. The Bills will be put up for sale, opening the possibility of a new owner eventually relocating the franchise.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already recognized the likelihood of the Bills needing a new stadium. The state has hired an architectural firm to identify sites that could serve as the team's new home.
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz issued this statement:
“I, like Governor Andrew Cuomo, am committed to keeping the Bills in Buffalo for generations to come regardless of who the new owner may be. As evidence of this commitment, consultants have been retained on behalf of the state and county to prepare options for the consideration of prospective owners that will include (1) a new stadium to be constructed at one or more possible locations and (2) the further renovation or retrofit of Ralph Wilson Stadium beyond the renovations currently being undertaken. At this time, all options should be part of the discussion and nothing should be disregarded. We look forward to commencing these discussions with an owner who is likewise committed to keeping the team here in its first, and what should be its only, home territory of Buffalo and Erie County.”