BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo isn’t convinced the Buffalo Bills will need a new stadium once the team is sold, but says the state will help out if one is required.
In Buffalo Tuesday, Cuomo said whatever happens will depend on what conditions the new owner and National Football League set for keeping the Bills in Buffalo.
The team is for sale following the death of owner Ralph Wilson and the current stadium is undergoing $130 million in improvements.
Cuomo told local media that if a new stadium really is needed, the state and county will do their part.
Also Tuesday, Cuomo said he knows of bidders interested in keeping the team in Buffalo — despite Donald Trump’s tweet that he’s the only prospective buyer committed to doing so.
Lt. Governor Robert Duffy was in Buffalo on Wednesday and backed up Cuomo’s statement. However he did say it all depends on who eventually buys the team and how adamant the NFL will be about a replacement for the Ralph.
“If an owner comes in and they’re happy with the stadium with no taxpayer expense or if someone comes in who wants to build a stadium or else leave, I think you’ll see Governor Cuomo lead the effort with other local leaders to make that happen as well,” Lt. Governor Duffy said.
He did say that officials will do whatever it takes to make sure the team stays in Western New York.
NFL Commissioner Robert Goodell has said on more than one occasion that he believes the Bills will need a new stadium to secure the team’s long-term stability in Western New York.