Bills’ new $1.4 billion stadium ‘almost in the end zone’ after framework approved unanimously

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Bills’ new $1.4 billion stadium ‘almost in the end zone’ after framework unanimously approved with deal to keep team in Buffalo for another 30 years

A stadium deal, which will keep the Bills in Buffalo for another 30 years, is nearly complete.

The Bills have taken a step closer to their new home, which will be built across from their current Highmark Stadium, this week.

A deal for the Bills’ new stadium cleared one of the final administrative hurdles on Monday after being unanimously approved by the Erie Count Stadium Corp.

A stadium deal, which will keep the Bills in Buffalo for another 30 years, is nearly complete

The Bills' new stadium (pictured: renderings) cleared one of the last administrative hurdles

The Bills’ new stadium (pictured: renderings) cleared one of the last administrative hurdles

Under an agreement announced last March, New York State will contribute $600 million to the $1.4 billion project, while Erie County will add $250 million.

According to Front Office Sports.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, who has insisted on a community benefits package, said the deal was “almost in the final zone.”

Hochul added that Bills has committed more than $3 million to various local causes.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul (pictured in Bills merchandise) said it was

New York Governor Kathy Hochul (pictured in Bills merchandise) said it was ‘almost in the end zone’

“It’s important for us, to make sure the community is involved,” she said. “A Community Benefits Advisory Council will be created, with representatives from across the region and the community.

“There is over $3 million that the Buffalo Bills are committed to using for multiple purposes. I don’t want to assume that we know what this community is going to do, but it’s going to help to invest in projects that are important, and also to make sure that when it comes to construction and concessions, that (companies belonging to minorities and women) and representatives of other underserved communities have opportunities that did not exist before. ‘

The Bills, who were knocked out of the playoffs on Sunday with a 27-10 loss to the Bengals at their current home stadium, Highmark, hope to have their new home ready by the 2026 season.

The Bills were knocked out of the playoffs by the Bengals at Highmark Stadium on Sunday

The Bills were knocked out of the playoffs by the Bengals at Highmark Stadium on Sunday

However, this week’s approval is not the final hurdle to the deal, there will be a public stadium hearing on February 2.

After the public hearing, the Erie County Legislature and County Executive Mark Poloncarz will be able to sign the documents.

The NFL has already approved the deal, and the Bills released renderings of the proposed stadium in October.

After the renderings were published, many were delighted with the new, state-of-the-art arena, but some noticed the striking resemblance to Tottenham Hotspur – and joked that they were copying the English football team.

In fact, that might not be too far from the truth, considering the owners of the Bills have hired the same designers – Populous – as Tottenham did a few years ago.

The Kansas City-based architecture firm has designed 1,325 stadiums at a cost of $23 billion, according to its website, including the Jacksonville Jaguars’ TIAA Bank Field, the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium and Kyle Field from Texas A&M.

The NFL has already approved it, and the Bills hope to have their new home ready by 2026.

The NFL has already approved it, and the Bills hope to have their new home ready by 2026.