Latest updates to Bills stadium situation

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The Bills situation regarding their home currently called Highmark Stadium has several updates to follow.

According to multiple reports on Friday, the Bills are looking into building a new stadium as opposed to upgrading their current venue, which is what the club has done for the past several years. Highmark Stadium, owned by Erie County, currently is tied to the team via lease through 2023.

According to Venues Now, the Bills are consulting with Legends Global Planning in regard to their new stadium plans. The same company helped with the construction of AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

Previously, Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula brought in two firms, CAA Icon and Populous, to conduct feasibility studies on building a new stadium in certain locations. Downtown Buffalo was likely considered, but per 13WHAM-TV in a follow-up report, the location is looking more likely to be in Orchard Park.

If that is the case, the team would most likely build their new venue in the same location as the old one. In doing so, the Bills may need a new temporary home, and locations reportedly being considered are Toronto and Penn State.

The potential Orchard Park stadium was also said to be an “open-air stadium.”

The cost of a new stadium would likely surpass a billion dollars. SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, one of the newest venues in the NFL, cost $5 billion. It is unknown if taxpayer money would be involved in the financing of the new venue.

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