BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- As the NFL season ends, a lot of Buffalo Bills fans are thinking about their team’s future. A group of Bills backers want western New Yorkers to rally around the team and its ownership to keep the Bills in Buffalo.
Leaders of the Buffalo Fan Alliance are worried about the team’s long-term future in western New York. The only owner the Bills have ever had, Ralph Wilson Jr., is 95 years old.
Even though the team signed a 10-year lease with the state and Erie County just last year there is still fear an outside owner with deep pockets could eventually move the team to a major market like Toronto or LA.
The alliance is asking fans to provide a loan subsidy that would make it affordable for the Bills to stay put.
Buffalo Fan Alliance’s Brian Cinelli said, “Anything from stadium improvements to servicing debt costs, anything else. In exchange for lending the money to the team, the team would provide relocation protections that would keep the team in Western New York for years to come.”
Last year the state and Erie County agreed to invest $200 million in upgrades at Ralph Wilson Stadium during the Bills’ new lease, which binds the team to the Orchard Park site until 2020.