Retractable-roof stadium proposed for outer harbor
Bills venue would double as convention site
BY: Mark Sommer , Phil Fairbanks
There has been talk for years of building a football stadium downtown for the Buffalo Bills.
Today a plan will be presented to the Common Council that proposes a 72,000-seat, retractable-roof stadium, which can double as a convention center, as the centerpiece of a $1.4 billion project on outer harbor land owned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
Greater Buffalo Sports & Entertainment Complex has a preliminary site plan it commissioned by HKS Sports & Entertainment, the Dallas-based architectural and engineering firm that designed Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and was designated last month to do the same for the Minnesota Vikings. The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, wants in, too, proposing the North American Museum of Sports and Culture as part of making the outer harbor a year-round destination.
Company President Nicholas J. Stracick and Vice President George F. Hasiotis acknowledged to The Buffalo News that they have yet to line up political support, or reach out to the Bills, for a project that touches two areas – the team and development of the outer harbor – that has produced its share of cynicism. They are banking on the City of Buffalo and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo allowing them an option on a 167-acre site so they can convince the National Football League that a stunning facility is ready to be built in Buffalo.
“This has to be greenlighted by the NFL before it goes anywhere, and what the NFL wants to see is something new, something that is progressive and state of the art,” Stracick said. “Then, no matter who takes the team, that team will be in Buffalo.
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