BUFFALO (WKBW) The threat of the Buffalo Bills moving is there, but not according to one man who has talked to several Bills bidders.
"The encouraging news here is that we've got a lot of key bidders saying that they understand the best place to make money is in Buffalo," George Hasiotis of the Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex said.
Hasiotis is part of a development group pushing for a new waterfront stadium, who says he has spoken to at least six Bills bidders about his group's idea, as well as getting a sense of where perspective owners see the team in the future.
"All these serious bidders are really going to be committed to keeping the team in Buffalo. They'll even show you a map showing you this one and that one and they've got half a dozen sites on there," Hasiotis said.
Non-disclosure agreements stopped Hasiotis from saying who those bidders are. This all happening over discussions about the GBSE Complex, a one and a half billion dollar idea that includes a stadium, hotel, convention center, and more. The group says they have a billion dollars in private financing already committed.
To cover the rest of this or any new stadium in the area, the Buffalo Fan Alliance says Bills fans can help.
"We're still moving full speed ahead with our plan to develop a financing mechanism, that now shifts more importance on the stadium end of it," Matt Sabuda of the Fan Alliance said.
The plan is to collect money to offer as a zero interest loan, possibly as much as $150 million dollars that could help a new owner build a new stadium, ensuring that the Bills stay put.
"You never know what the future holds and as fans we would like some opportunity to have a stake in that," Sabuda said.