Downtown Stadium Proposal Discussed by Council

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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Downtown Stadium Proposal Discussed by Council

October 23, 2012 Updated Oct 23, 2012 at 10:38 AM EDT


BUFFALO, NY (WKBW)- Could a new stadium be heading to the Queen City? It's a proposal that's being discussed inside city hall. New Stadium Advocate & MIX 1080 AM WUFO Sports Director Patrick Freeman is working with the Greater Buffalo Sports & Entertainment Complex to bring a stadium to downtown Buffalo. The group has a plan to commission HKS Sports and Entertainment to draft a preliminary site plan. HKS has already completed several stadium projects including the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas.
The plan calls for a retractable roof, more than 70,000 seats and would be a multi-use facility with plans for a museum and convention center attached. HKS wants to build it on Buffalo's Outer Harbor on a piece of property being sold by the NFTA. Cost for the project would total more than $1 billion. The VP of HKS told the Buffalo News that it is,"reasonable to expect the State of New York to pay about 400 million and the NFL to chip in 200-400 million," but the rest of the financing is still up in the air. Freeman believes Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park is too outdated and a new facility would be a boost for the region.

"A downtown stadium that's incorporated into your convention space would become a major attraction not only to other people, tourists, and other venues, but it brings in more hotels, concerts, and festivals," said Freeman back in April. "Those are the things we're talking about. A stadium that can be used 12 months of the year."

HKS officials want to first reach out to city leaders first, before approaching the league about the proposal. The proposal will be heard by the Buffalo Common Council Tuesday at 1pm.