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Could new 10-year lease actually bolster plans for a new waterfront stadium?

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Buffalo: Could new 10-year lease actually bolster plans for a new waterfront stadium?
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The stadium lease deal comes after a private group presented a proposal to build a new football stadium and multipurpose sports complex on Buffalo's waterfront. YNN's Kevin Jolly talked to one of the people behind the proposal about how the new lease could impact their plans.

"This enhances the proposal. This basically says now we can move ahead. Secure the team for right now, everyone can breathe a sigh of relief," said George Hasiotis.

That's how Hasiotis, vice president of Greater Buffalo Sport and Entertainment Complex sees the new 10-year deal to keep the Bills in Buffalo.

Hasiotis and his group want to build a new multi-purpose year-round sports complex on Buffalo's waterfront. The complex would feature an NFL-approved stadium to house the Buffalo Bills.

"Now we can work with that 10-year time frame. The important thing is we can't build a new facility in one or two or three years; you need a 10-year window and our proposal with our prominent architecture and development team foresees five or six years for a build out, then we hope to see a Super Bowl after that," said Hasiotis.

"As Russ just noted, we are putting together a team to analyze whether a new stadium should be built, and if where, where the stadium should be, what's the size, what's the perfect location," said Poloncarz.

While none of the officials in attendance at Friday's news conference mentioned the waterfront as a possible site for a new stadium, all seem to agree, a new stadium is something they should all be looking at before the new 10-year deal is up.

"As this lease plays out, there is a commitment from the governor for us as state legislators to look at a new stadium,” said State Senator Tim Kennedy.

"They have indicated that probably after a 10-year period of time the potential of a new stadium is open but something that the state the county and the Bills organization will be evaluating as they go along," said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

Hasiotis is hopeful their proposal will be considered before that lease is up.

"If we can get off the ground in 2013, we're five and a half years away from a stadium," said Hasiotis. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP