Why a Dome stadium will probably never arrive for bills
The Buffalo Bills are 3-1 and gear up for a massive Sunday night soccer game with the Kansas City Chiefs, in what is a rematch of the 2020 AFC Championship game.
The Bills come off a 40-0 victory over the Houston Texans in what is yet another impressive performance from the Bills defense, while the offense played well but left points on the board settling for goals. in the field.
The weather was a big topic on Sunday. It didn’t stop raining most of Sunday in Orchard Park, with occasional heavy rain during the Bills / Texans.
It was so wet that puddles had formed on the sideline and it was hard not to avoid getting soaked if you were going to the game as a fan.
The rain sparked a discussion on Twitter about the bills requiring a dome or retractable roof stadium, but the chances of that happening for this next stadium being negotiated are slim to none. Not just because it’s been widely reported that the Bills’ property wants a new outdoor stadium in Orchard Park, but the price.
The overall cost of a new outdoor stadium in the NFL is currently $ 1 billion, or just over $ 1 billion. A retractable roof dome or stadium costs more than $ 1.5 billion. It was in July when news of the Bills’ potential new stadium broke.
In late August, the PA reported that the bills proposed a $ 1.4 billion open-air stadium that can accommodate 60,000 people and includes 60 suites.
This likely means that a proposed stadium with a dome or retractable roof would have cost almost $ 2 billion.
The chances that a new stadium in Orchard Park will not be funded by taxpayers are highly unlikely. The drastic difference in cost (around $ 500 million) for a domed stadium versus an outdoor stadium is probably too great to seriously consider. Asking the county and state to pay a few million dollars more just for a roof? It doesn’t seem to be happening.
There is a part of the fan base who would love to stay in an outdoor stadium as it means visiting teams are forced to play in the cold and snow, however, it could also hurt the Bills and their offense.
Last Sunday was not a fun game. Okay, the actual game was, but this weather was horrible. I’m not going to lie, I thought how much better it would have been with a dome, but due to the price difference, it probably never will.
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