No, the Buffalo Bills aren’t in a rush to build a new stadium. Not downtown, not in Orchard Park, not anywhere despite other NFL owners’ pressure.
Of course at some point, Terry and Kim Pegula will be upgrading. And whenever they do, it’ll be important to somehow preserve character and tradition.
New York Giants owner John Mara claims the Bills must build a new stadium to compete financially. OK, cool. Mara’s own $1.6 billion MetLife Stadium is bland, lifeless. So is the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
“New” isn’t always “better.” The fans who pay for such palaces care more about a pure atmosphere. At least that’s the sense I get from folks in Buffalo. One model? The Green Bay Packers. They preserved their bowl at Lambeau Field once occupied by Vince Lombardi and Bart Starr with renovations that include a Packers Hall of Fame. It’s evolved as a 24/7/365 destination. Walk into the Lambeau Field Atrium and you feel the tradition.
No, the Bills can’t boast four Super Bowls like the Packers, but they have a strong history to play off of when it’s time to put a shovel in the dirt.