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Buffalo Bills to remain in Orchard Park through 2023

Posted at 3:27 PM, Jan 31, 2020

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WKBW) — 7 Eyewitness News has learned the Buffalo Bills will remain in Orchard Park through 2023.

The team will not exercise the one-time opt-out in the 2013 stadium agreement with Erie County.

The decision had many fans at Kettles Korner, a bar near New Era Field, very excited.

"We're Buffalo, we're Orchard Park forever, we've been here forever, we need to stay here," said Eric Addison of Hamburg. "Do a couple of renovations if that's what has to happen."

Other fans said they would like to see a stadium downtown in the future.

"With all the new stuff happening in Buffalo, transitioning into a medical hub from a rust belt city, I think it would be just a great transition and new beginnings," said Frank Clougherty.

If the Bills had elected to opt-out they would have had to do so by February 28th, 2020 and the lease would have ended July 30th, 2020.

The opt-out would have carried a $28 million fee.

The Bills sent a letter to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz to inform the county of its intentions.

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