Ralph Wilson Stadium - Courtesy: US Presswire
by Jim Heaney
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Some perspective on the Bills lease signed Friday.
In terms of sheer public dollars, state and local government are getting off relatively cheap, although you've got to keep in mind that the improvements are intended as a 10-year stop gap at the aging Ralph Wilson Stadium.
New York State and Erie County are on the hook for $95 million.
Compare that with Kansas City, where taxpayers spent $250 million to renovate Arrowhead Stadium.
Or the $160 million spent by taxpayers to renovate Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.
Or the $548 million Minnesota taxpayers will pay for a new stadium for the Vikings.
The new Bills lease calls for the team to pay $35 million for stadium improvements - 27 percent of the total cost. That's a little less than the norm, as teams have picked up an average of 35 percent of the cost of stadium construction and renovations.
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