The Buffalo Chapter of the NAACP and the Bills in Buffalo group continue to push for the new Buffalo Bills Stadium to be built downtown, despite plans by Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula to build the stadium from 1 .4 billion dollars and 60,000 places. Orchard Park – adjacent to the existing stadium and funded primarily by taxpayers’ money.
The report includes images attributed to Populous of what an imaginary new stadium might look like at each of the sites he examined.
The NAACP and Bills in Buffaloa group founded by Bills fans who want to see the stadium in downtown Buffalo, explained in letters recently sent to all state lawmakers why they think the stadium should be built in the city.
The Reverend Mark Blue, president of the NAACP Buffalo, wrote, “Western New York is about to make its most egregious planning mistake since the University at Buffalo built its new campus in Amherst ( instead of Buffalo) over fifty years ago.”
Bills at Buffalo echoed that sentiment, writing that if the stadium is built in Orchard Park, it will be “one of the most myopic and irresponsible uses of taxpayer dollars in New York City history.”
Sports economists said it was important that a stadium deal included a community benefits package that would give targeted areas and projects an economic boost – even if they are not directly at the sports venue .
Both groups argue that the stadium should be built in the city on a 36-acre site on South Park Avenue between Hamburg and Louisiana streets, not far from Canalside, KeyBank Center and Sahlen Field. Building the stadium downtown, rather than in the suburbs, would serve as a catalyst for the expansion of public transport and encourage the development of hotels, restaurants and other businesses near the stadium, which would provide jobs to residents of some of Buffalo’s poorest neighborhoods.