Goodell ‘thrilled’ by Bills stadium deal, encourages diverse Broncos ownership

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (Credit: Getty Images)

National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell says he is "thrilled" the Buffalo Bills have been able to secure a $1.4bn (€1.28bn) deal to construct a new stadium in Orchard Park, with current venue Highmark Stadium "nearing the end of its useful life."

Following the public-private partnership between Bills owners Pegula Sports and Entertainment, New York state, and Erie County for the new 60,000-seat facility, the Bills will now stay in Buffalo, New York, for at least 30 years.

New York taxpayers will contribute $850m for the new facility, with New York state liable for $600m and Erie County contributing $250m. It is believed to be the largest-ever public commitment for an NFL stadium.

"I'm happy to see a resolution to it. The Buffalo Bills mean a great deal to the [local] community and I know that community means a great deal to the NFL," Goodell told reporters at the NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.

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