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Feb. 18, 1965: Debate rages over whether Buffalo needs a new stadium

It’s uncanny that 50 years ago this week, interested parties were battling over whether the city needed a new stadium and, among those who wanted a new stadium, over what kind and where.

Arguments over the feasibility of a new stadium were being made, and the notion put forward that any new stadium — though built with the primary tenant of the Buffalo Bills in mind — should also be a multi-use venue.

Just over eight years after this article was written, the ribbon was cut on Rich Stadium in Orchard Park.

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