WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) – As the Buffalo Bills search for a new owner and possibly a new stadium, Thomas Golisano could be prepared to make an ownership bid that includes building a new stadium in West Seneca.
Back in 2008, Golisano was asked about the possibility of him owning the Bills someday. He said, “I think it would be a serious shame if the Buffalo Bills were ever to leave the Buffalo area, and as a citizen, and maybe someone involved on the financial side of it, I would do what I could to try to keep the Buffalo Bills in Buffalo.”
The Associated Press is now reporting that the Rochester billionaire is going to make a bid to buy the Bills and AP is quoting sources who say he will also propose building a new stadium just south of Buffalo on land owned by Scott and Robert Congel.
News 4 discovered that the only large tract of land south of Buffalo owned by S & R Company of West Seneca is the nearly 50 acres right next to the Ridge Road exit of the Thruway in West Seneca.
The land is bordered by Route 240 and Slade Avenue. It’s where the Seneca Mall once stood until it was demolished 20 years ago.
West Seneca Town Supervisor Sheila Meegan says she spoke with Scott Congel, the co-owner of the property, about six weeks ago and at that point he was still moving forward with a “different exciting plan for this property.” Meegan can’t say what the owners have been planning here but it wasn’t a football stadium.
“I remember shopping at Seneca Mall here and I don’t know why anything didn’t replace it sooner,” said Neil Mahar of Lackawanna. “I hope they could handle the volume of people here that would be my only problem about it, you know.”
Akm Husem of Lackawanna points out what a residential area the corner of Slade or Orchard Park Road is.
“I don’t know how the people are going to react on it, but otherwise it’s going to be a good idea I think.”
But Joe Doyle of South Buffalo doesn’t think it’s such a good idea.
“There’s not enough room around here, traffic patterns would be tough. I mean, you do have the Thruway there, but you don’t have the approaches that they have out on Orchard Park,” he argued.
Wednesday night, after hearing reports of a possible stadium in West Seneca, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz sent out a message on Twitter that read: “For the record, I met with Scott Congel today. He presented plans for a mixed use development which didnt include nor have room for stadium.”