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Letter: New stadium could also be used for conventions

New stadium could also be used for conventions

With all due respect to County Executive Mark Poloncarz, I feel he is rather shortsighted as to Buffalo’s future. This city’s future lies in tourism, with all of its architectural heritage.

A new stadium will be needed eventually, now that the Bills are here to stay, thanks to the Pegula family. And that stadium should also function as the city’s convention center. It should be located downtown, which is quickly becoming an extremely hot area, between Canalside, the HarborCenter, a plethora of rehabilitated lofts, fantastic restaurants and so on.

New jobs are all well and good, but all they do is recycle stale money within the city. We need a fresh infusion of cash, on an enduring basis, and that is what the tourists will bring. No “major” convention will come to Buffalo because of our embarrassing convention center.

Poloncarz seems to be stuck on our current fiscal situation. While very noble, it is equally myopic. When a convention comes here, people are amazed by not only Buffalo’s buildings, but even more so, by its friendliness. It is not serendipity that nicknamed us the City of Good Neighbors.

We are Buffalo’s future, and hopefully, in the not too distant future, Poloncarz will see the light. Buffalo’s future depends on it.

Karl Koniarczyk