’ current lease runs through 2023, with a one-time out clause between the 2019 and ’20 season. (David Duprey/AP)
Could the Buffalo Bills eventually move to Niagara Falls? Seems a little odd to suggest, but it's a destination currently being considered by a stadium group of public and private leaders in hopes of keeping the Bills in the general upstate New York area.
Understandably, the Bills need a new home as 41-year-old Ralph Wilson Stadium is on its last legs, but there's no certainty that the team will be able to re-build in Orchard Park. Because of that, outside sites are being explored and Niagara Falls is one such possibility, reports the AP.
Don’t rule out Niagara Falls as a potential future home of the Buffalo Bills.
Several officials told The Associated Press that a newly formed Bills stadium task force of public and private leaders seeking to bolster the team’s long-term viability is considering sites that would put it closer to the team’s burgeoning Ontario fan base.
A move to Niagara Falls would put the franchise around 30 minutes closer (by car) to Ontario, and the hope/belief is that the Bills would be able to better tap into the Canadian market given the proximity.
Any move would have to wait until after the 2019 season
, however, as the Bills are locked in to playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium through the next six years before a one-year out in 2020 will allow a move at the cost of a $400-million buyout.