Kennedy Announces Senate Approval of Funds to Upgrade Ralph Wilson Stadium and Help Keep Bills in WNY

March 24, 2013

Kennedy: As the state invests in the Bills’ long-term future in WNY, we look forward to next season – and the expected upgrades to both the stadium and the on-field performance. 

ALBANY, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, D-Buffalo, announced the Senate today approved state funds to upgrade Ralph Wilson Stadium – which will help protect the long-term future of the Buffalo Bills in Western New York. Kennedy said the Senate took up the state budget bill for capital projects, which included $54 million for stadium upgrades and capital improvements at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the home of the Buffalo Bills.

Senator Kennedy spoke on the Senate floor to discuss the economic impact of the Buffalo Bills

“It’s not just about football. It’s about jobs,” Kennedy said. “If the Bills were to leave Buffalo, it would send negative economic ripple effects out into our community. Businesses throughout Western New York would feel the economic pain and have to consider laying off workers.

“The Buffalo Bills are part of the fabric of the Western New York community. They strengthen our regional economy and boost our regional morale,” Kennedy added. “With this critical funding allocation, the state is stepping up to help keep the Bills in Western New York. This is a strategic investment targeted to benefit our region’s economy and infrastructure. It takes a long-term focus that will ensure a far-reaching economic impact.

“As the state invests in the Buffalo Bills’ long-term future in Western New York, we look forward to next season – and the expected upgrades to both the stadium and the on-field performance.”

The State Legislature will continue to cast votes on components of the state budget over the course of the coming week.


Senator Timothy M. Kennedy represents the New York State Senate’s 63rd District, which is comprised of the town of Cheektowaga, the city of Lackawanna and nearly all of the city of Buffalo. More information is available at