BUFFALO, NY (WKBW)- Members of the Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex (GBSEC), who are attempting to build a waterfront stadium in downtown Buffalo, have approached the Strong Museum in Rochester to create and operate a museum as one of its principal anchors.
Tuesday the group along with representatives from the Strong Museum spoke with the Erie County Legislature about their intentions for building the complex.
GBSEC proposes to build a new complex on a 400 acre parcel of land along Buffalo's Outer Harbor, which is currently owned and operated by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.
CEO and President of the Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex Nicholas Stracick says the venue in total would cost around $1.8 billion and create 10,000 construction jobs and has support from countless sponsors and unions. Stracick would not specify where the money would come from from the project. He intends on creating a 'waterfront destination' that would include a museum, hotel, and multi-purpose facility to host an NFL franchise and serve as an entertainment venue.
"We're going to have a stadium indoors with a superbowl in 3 years after its built," said Stracick. "We'll have the land in less than 4-5 months and talk to the NFL and close this deal. We hope to hold a ground breaking ceremony where everyone will be there before the summer."