Buffalo Bills owner takes next step toward new stadium

The owner of the Buffalo Bills has hired a consultant to identify possible sites and designs for a new football stadium in western New York, including how to fund it and whether public money would be involved.

Pegula Sports & Entertainment announced Tuesday it has retained CAA ICON, a Denver-based firm, to study the next steps for the Bills, who currently play in New Era Field in Orchard Park, which opened in 1973.

The privately funded study will also examine potential improvements to KeyBank Center in Buffalo, the home of the Buffalo Sabres, the NHL team also owned by Terry and Kim Pegula.

Populous, a firm that has designed dozens of major sporting venues around the world, will handle the architectural and planning aspects of the study, according to the Pegulas’ company.

The time period for the study will be about six to nine months, according to Bruce Popko, PSE’s chief operating officer, who said the stadium and arena have “fallen behind modern standards.”

“There is lot of people to talk to – stakeholders, sponsors, advertisers, fans, literally thousands of variables will come into play,” Popko told reporters.

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