Tom Golisano wants to keep Bills in WNY but adds he won't get into a bidding war
updated 12:52 PM , June 23, 2015
Tom Golisano declared his preference to purchase the Buffalo Bills and keep them in Western New York.
Though not at any cost.
Golisano, speaking today at Bishop Kearney High in Irondequoit, also said the Buffalo Sabres were a bigger threat to leave the area when he bought them in 2003 than the Bills are now and suggested state politicians are in favor of the Bills playing in a domed or retractable-roof stadium.
"Everybody has a degree of reasonableness," Golisano said in an article by Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reporter Justin Murphy. "If it costs way more than I'm willing to pay, then I won't feel bad if I don't get them. I'll only feel bad if they move out of Western New York."
The Buffalo News and Associated Press have reported Golisano could partner with Scott Congel, a developer with local ties. Sources told The News that Congel is exploring a $700 million stadium on a 55-acre site in West Seneca.
"The important thing is someone ... keeps it in Western New York," Golisano said. "Do I feel it has to be me? No, I'm not possessed about owning the Buffalo Bills, just as I wasn't possessed about owning the Buffalo Sabres.
"They were in danger of leaving, too. In fact, they were a lot closer to leaving than the Bills are. I got involved then because I wanted to keep that entity in Western New York, and I want to keep the Buffalo Bills in Western New York."
Golisano also wondered aloud why $130 million in renovations were being poured into Ralph Wilson Stadium when a new venue might be necessary to keep the team around.
"My guess and it's strictly a guess, is the stadium will be covered," he said. "I don't know if it'll have a sliding roof or just a permanent roof, but my guess is it will be covered.
And the state government, our governor and some of our U.S. senators are very much in favor of this happening."