Poloncarz: No threat by Bills to leave Western New York

"There has been no gun put to the head of Erie County and New York State"

Buffalo, N.Y. (WBEN) - There was no threat by the Buffalo Bills to leave Western New York for another city, according to Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, who is among the prominent officials involved in negotiations with the team over a new stadium.

"I don't want to go into the particulars of where we are in negotiations in something like that, but I will note for the record at no time has the team representatives said 'If you do not build this and pay for it, we are moving.'," Poloncarz said during a press briefing on Wednesday. "They have not said that. I want the public to understand there has been no gun put to the head of Erie County and New York State stating 'If you do not do this, we are moving'. I want people to understand negotiations are a long process."

Reports last weekend surfaced that Austin, Texas was a possible city for the team to move to.

"There's all kinds of speculation out there," Poloncarz said. "It doesn't help in trying to reach an agreement when there's all these people who claim they have knowledge about what's going on talking about this situation and the information is not accurate."

Pegula Sports and Entertainment reportedly wants a new stadium to be built in Orchard Park. The stadium, according to reports, would cost more than $1 billion with the Pegulas seeking entirely public dollars to fund the project. A deal, if reached, is expected to include public dollars, though it's also likely there will be private investment from PSE.

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