NFL owners, execs praise deal to finance new Bills stadium as win for small-market teams – Buffalo News

“No. None of them are for sale,” said Ron Raccuia, PSE’s executive vice president. “None of them are for sale, none will be. There’s no plans at all for that.”

The new stadium will seat between 60,000 and 62,000 fans, with room for up to 5,000 more spectators on a standing-room-only party deck, a capacity in line with historic attendance figures.

“It’s exciting for Buffalo,” Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said. “I think like Green Bay, Kansas City, Buffalo is a big part of the NFL.

“I’ve been fortunate to be there the last five years, and hopefully I’ll be there when it opens,” he said smiling.

A dome was ruled out, but approximately 80% of the seats will be covered by a partial roof or overhang to shield fans from inclement weather.

“I’m glad that they’re going to be playing in the elements,” Murphy, the Packers executive and Clarence High graduate said. “I think that’s the way football is meant to be played. Nothing against domed stadiums, but I know at Lambeau, we’ve talked about putting a dome on it. And it’s not feasible financially. And it’s really part of our aura or reputation, is playing in the elements.”

The new stadium is expected to have a grass field and far larger footprint than the team’s current 70,000-seat venue – approximately 1.5 million square feet, compared to about 900,000 square feet – which will allow for larger seats and concourses, other enhanced amenities and will help streamline gameday operations, PSE officials have said.

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