New Lease with Bills to Add Improvements to Stadium

December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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December 21, 2012 Updated Dec 21, 2012 at 7:56 PM EDT


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) As part of a new 10-year lease between the Buffalo Bills, Erie County, and New York State, Ralph Wilson Stadium will see significant upgrades.

$130 million dollars will be spent to renovate the stadium. The Bills will contribute $35 million, while Erie County will add $41 million, and the State will put in $54 million.

"This renovation is focused solely on fan experience," added Bill CEO Russ Brandon.

"We are committed to making the fan experience as good as it gets in the National Football League."

Fans can expect to see the renovations begin soon and they will include new technology in the stadium such as video boards in the east end.

There will be a new store, enhanced gate entries, creation of a new west end plaza, and upgrades to concessions and restrooms.

Overall, fans are happy with the lease because they believe it will keep the NFL team in Buffalo for many years to come.

"I think we were nervous as a group," commented Matt Sabuda from the Buffalo Fan Alliance.

"But I think seeing a $400 million dollar relocation fee over the first seven years is just an amazing achievement."

Under the terms of the agreement, the Bills would have to pay $400 million if the team moves anytime in the next seven years, but at the end of the seven-year period, the Bills will have the option to buy out the remaining contract.

However, Bills CEO Russ Brandon said the team is looking long-term at Western New York and is even considering options for a new stadium in the years ahead.