Will Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Next Big New York Project Be A National Football League Buffalo Bills Stadium Somewhere In The Buffalo Metropolitan Area?

He is a big project guy.

 

Amazon is putting a massive office complex in Long Island City, New York.  LaGuardia Airport expansion continues. The National Hockey League’s New York Islanders Belmont arena project is on the road to a groundbreaking ceremony. Double A Baseball’s Binghamton stadium is being renovated with New York State funding. Triple A Baseball’s Syracuse franchise is staying in town, a deal is done.  The bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland counties to replace the crumbling Tappan Zee Bridge has opened. The Gateway project work has started to expand rail service and connections between New York and New Jersey. Buffalo’s waterfront renewal project has started. The Penn Station’s rail station complex is making progress. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who was re-elected for a third term on November 6th, is probably New York’s biggest power broker since Robert Moses. He still has three sports venue projects that might be on the table. The National Football League’s Buffalo Bills ownership possibly could be looking for a new field and there may be a question of what to do with Madison Square Garden as the deal between New York City and the Garden to allow MSG ownership to have an operating permit to use the property’s air space is done in 2023. The Garden sits on the land where the demolished Penn Station stood until 1963. Major League Soccer’s NYCFC franchise is looking for a new stadium somewhere inside of New York City.

The most urgent sports venue issue seems to be the Buffalo Bills stadium situation. In 2013, Cuomo helped fund state money that was part of a deal to spend $130 million to fix up the stadium that the Bills play in, in exchange for extending the team’s lease through 2023. Buffalo is not a wealthy NFL market. Buffalo got an American Football League franchise in 1959. Today’s Buffalo it’s smaller and less affluent and that is a major challenge for Andrew Cuomo.

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