2-On-Your-Side's Adam Benigni spoke with Bills CEO Russ Brandon on Wednesday as the Bills prepare to begin negotiations on a new stadium lease with Erie County.
The Bills current lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium expires in July of 2013. Brandon says the Bills are in the process of completing a study of the stadium and infrastructure upgrades they consider necessary moving forward. The final results of that study are expected in early 2012 at which point negotiations can begin with new County ExecutiveMark Poloncarz, who defeated Chris Collins in the most recent election.
Brandon says the results of the election have no bearing on the negotiations which for all intents and purposes have yet to begin.He also says expectations that the Bills will ask for in excess of $100-million in taxpayer money for stadium upgrades as part of the deal are "premature."
The Buffalo News has reported that the Bills would be open to a more restrictive clause in a new lease, given the uncertainty over what will happen if owner Ralph Wilson passes away and the team is sold to a new owner that wants to move the team. Brandon also referred to that report as "premature."
The Bills current lease expires in July of 2013.