The Buffalo Bills could play home games elsewhere before 2026

The Buffalo Bills officially have a new stadium agreement with Erie County and New York State.

It is a 30 year lease for an open air stadium to be built on Abbott Road in Orchard Park opposite Highmark Stadium. It won’t be 100 percent official until New York lawmakers give their approval, which is considered a formality.

The Bills will play at Highmark Stadium through 2026, which is the expected completion of the new, yet to be named, 62,000-capacity stadium.

While the Bills plan to play games at Highmark Stadium through the 2025 season, it’s not a slam dunk they will be doing.

WIVB’s Nick Veronica pointed out on Twitter that the Bills’ statement of intent for the new stadium says the team would have to play their home games elsewhere in New York if playing at Highmark Stadium is deemed “unsafe” before the new stadium is completed is state.

However, the team could play out of state if they and the NFL can’t find a suitable venue. That is interesting.

If you remember back in 2014, the Bills moved a home game against the New York Jets to Detroit’s Ford Field in November. That was because of Snowvember.

The Bills could have played at venues like the Carrier Dome, but the parties involved decided against it. Would this happen again?

The 2021 stadium study stated that Highmark Stadium’s upper deck would need to be replaced by 2027, raising some concerns about the stadium’s structural integrity. and if you’ve been there recently you may have noticed cracks and significant wear and tear.

Both the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks had to play home games at collegiate venues before their new stadiums were ready, as did the Tennessee Oilers before becoming the Titans after moving from Houston.

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