Downtown Stadium Proposed For Buffalo Bills – Images and Presentation
by Chris Smith (@ChrisSmithAV) - posted 3:06 pm, October 23, 2012
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.