Plans for a New Stadium in Downtown Buffalo Emerge

April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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April 10, 2012 Updated Apr 10, 2012 at 6:57 PM 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. Mix 1080 AM WUFO Sports Director Patrick Freeman says he has a plan to bring a new multi-use stadium to the heart of downtown Buffalo and presented his ideas to the Buffalo Common Council Tuesday. Freeman believes Ralph Wilson Stadium is too outdated and a new facility would be a boost for the region. Freeman envisions a stadium along Buffalo's waterfront intact with a retractable roof to help allow it to function year-round.

"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. "Those are the things we're talking about. A stadium that can be used 12 months of the year."

This proposal comes at a time when the Buffalo Bills are exploring options to improve the Orchard Park facility. The organization has hired a world class architectural firm to study possible improvements to the existing structure. Negotiations also continue with Erie County, since the stadium lease expires next july. The Buffalo Bills declined comment Tuesday. As for how the plan would be financed, Freeman says he's not disclosing all the details just yet, but said a majority of it would come from the state.