Downtown Stadium Proposed For Buffalo Bills – Images and Presentation

23 Oct

The Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Center (GBSEC) is envisioned as a multi-purpose, multi-use/mixed-use commercial facility sited on a 100(+) acre vacant waterfront site in the City of Buffalo.  The estimated project cost is $ 1.4 billion and will take an estimated 5 years for build-out once funding is secured. 

The Buffalo Outer Harbor site is part of a public land parcel of approximately 400 total acres, at present, owned by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA).  In the recent past the NFTA has stated that it wishes to divest itself of the property.  In September 2012 the NFTA solicited statements of interest or proposals from the City of Buffalo and other public entities in furtherance of its stated desire for divestiture.

GBSEC proposes to build on site a 70,000 (+) seat, 1.6 million square foot, retractable roof stadium, which will also function as a convention-conference center and provide an attractive, state-of-the-art home for an NFL franchise  – as well as serving as a multisport and entertainment venue.

GBSEC, LLC has retained HKS Design, Inc., a global leader in design and project management of sports and entertainment venues.  HKS has begun preliminary site and building design for a space that can be configured to breakdown into smaller, coherent sub-spaces suitable for conventions and other types of sporting & entertainment events on a multi-season basis.  HKS is currently working on exciting new projects involving professional sports in Oakland, CA and for the Minnesota Vikings.  Most recently, they have delivered landmark venues such as: Yankee Stadium, Dallas Cowboys Stadium and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.  HKS has made 4 visits to Buffalo for research and preliminary site determination and suitability purposes and has prepared a preliminary master site plan presentation.

Preliminary plans are to build the signature main anchor stadium structure and additional site construction will include a high capacity hotel, covered & surface parking on site for up to 5000 vehicles.  Potentially, other mixed-use commercial structures may be included in the site plan, either for first stage construction, or, for Stage II construction.

GBSEC has invited the Strong Museum of Rochester, NY, to consider participation in this project and they have submitted a positive response with specific areas of interest they would consider developing.  At it’s Rochester site, The Strong generates roughly 600,000 regional visitors per year; slightly more than the Buffalo Bills draw for sell-out attendance at home games.

Attached are the files used in the presentation of the project to the Buffalo Common Council’s Community Development committee on October 23rd, 2012.


















15 Responses to “Downtown Stadium Proposed For Buffalo Bills – Images and Presentation”

  1. Max Flint October 23, 2012 at 3:26 pm #

    Soccer specific stadium. 400 acres and can’t get any FC Buffalo love? someone. anyone. save this country from the oxymoron which is american football

    • Mr. B October 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm #

      “save this country from the oxymoron which is american football”

      No — save this country from “morons” who think “american football” is an oxymoron . . .

  2. Brian Castner October 23, 2012 at 4:20 pm #

    I’d love to live in that city – can we also please build the 25 buildings behind it, on the blighted industrial fields?

    To me the issue is this: there are a lot of challenges to building the stadium. Relative poverty of WNY, lack of corporate HQs, tough biz climate, tenuousness of state/county/city support. Those are also all the reasons why the Bills would leave when Ralph Wilson dies. So, if you optimistic enough to figure out how we would build this (or something like it), great. You are envisioning a realistic future for the Bills in Buffalo. But if you don’t think we can make this kind of lift, then its time to accept the reality that the Bills are leaving soon. Because the current OP concrete bunker ain’t going to cut it much longer, $200M lipstick job or not. 

    • Peter A Reese October 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm #

      Doubt the Governor will buy a patch job for the Ralph w/o a commitment from the Bills to stay.    Not sure Wilson wants the team to stay here, no matter what.

    • Alan Bedenko October 24, 2012 at 6:25 am #

      I would also like to live in that city – Singapore. 

    • starrrbuck October 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      if you are optimistic enough to figure out how we would build this (or something like it)

      How about something half as expensive?

      Current stadiums in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and even Detroit’s indoor Ford Field were built for well under half of 1.4B in 2012 dollars. 


      Ford Field $474M (2002) 75% private, 25% public
      Heinz Field $281M (2001) 39% private, 61% public
      Cleveland Browns Stadium $271M (1999) 26% private, 74% public

      In 2012 dollars, the above respectively are $610M, $367M, and $376M. 

      If we need it to have a roof, Detroit’s Ford Field could be a good role model.  That one doesn’t have the added extravagance of being retractable.  Perhaps also, it could be built where a lot of expensive new road or parking infrastructure isn’t needed.  One possibility might be next to the Ralph.  A new practice facility wouldn’t even be needed that way.  

      This approach would assume the focus is keeping a team here rather than other goals of a convention center, sports museum, or being in the city.

  3. Michael Raleigh October 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

    Any information on who made this presentation and what the idea for funding it is? And why did they present it to the common council of all places? 

  4. Peter A Reese October 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    The site is located in the City of Buffalo, so why not present to the Common Council?    Poloncarz is already publicly opposed to the project.    He wants to keep patching up the obsolete Ralph so the Bills are free to move out of town.     A mix of public and private funding is anticipated, with specific details dependent on who buys in.    Nicholas J. Stracick and George F. Hasiotis are officers of the company promoting the plan.     Sure beats the Hell out of a fishing tackle store.    

  5. geohasbuff October 23, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    Soccer will be a major element of this multi-sport facility.  As the largest growing sport in North America the future of sports facilities must include soccer.  We envision that the soccer program at this site will grow as the sport grows and as more international soccer events come to USA and Canada.  This facility enhances the potential for future Toronto bids for international soccer competitions and the Olympics and paves the way for Buffalo to be more fully integrated with the metropolitan Toronto area.  Realistically, there will probably be more soccer programming in this facility within football.  Spread the word.
    George F. Hasiotis

    • Dan Jones October 23, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

      I’m very, very excited about this project.  Not only for the stadium, but also for it’s mixed use capabilities.  I think it’s also very encouraging that an officer in the company is interacting with local citizens online in it’s outreach effort.  The future has arrived!

    • keith wozniak October 24, 2012 at 1:23 am #

      I’ve heard “soccer is the fastest growing sport” for about 15 years now and it doesn’t seem to be any bigger than it was back then.

  6. saltecks October 24, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    Is Bashar Issa back in town?

  7. clay_blasdel October 24, 2012 at 11:16 am #

    ** Ditto the same reasons that a waterfront stadium venue was rejected 30 years ago.  In short, don’t build things on the waterfront  are not water-dependent.   There are many fine uses for our precious waterfront but a sports stadium is not one of them.

  8. John Gartner November 13, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Who is going to pay for this grand idea? This should have been the solution 30 years ago, but certainly not now when the city/county has lost, and continues to lose population.  It’s time to face the fact that Buffalo is only a medium-size city/metro area and, like Green Bay, not big enough to support a major league football or baseball franchise.  Ditto for a major convention center. Put the money into more health related facility infrastructure to continue the area’s growing strength in this burgeoning economic sector. Also, more wind generated energy fields  to take advantage of the strong winds blowing across Lake Erie and, potentially, into this proposed stadium. Here’s another Buffalo boondoggle in the making. Get real!

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