Niagara Gazette

Opinion

April 16, 2014

Editorial: Let's go Buffalo!

Niagara Gazette — It could be a whole lot of sweet nothings being whispered in our collective ears, but talk about a Buffalo Bills stadium in Niagara Falls has us chanting “Let’s Go Buffalo.” 

Already there are doubters all over town, who just don’t want to get their hopes up. We’re hearing people say they’re reminded of the time those developers of the Mall of America flirted with the Falls when they were shopping for a location for their super mall. Those fickle fellows eventually chose another city — Bloomington, Minn.

Then there was Oz, a giant play land that was supposed to be built on all that empty land out by the Summit Park Mall in Wheatfield. But the project never materialized. 

So, maybe now we’ll play hard to get. But really we just don’t want to get our hearts broken. 

Already, fast talkers on the Internet are asking how the Buffalo Bills can possibly be from Niagara Falls? As if the Buffalo team isn’t already located outside city limits.  

Sure, some Buffalonians might resent the Bills relocating, but the fact remains the team at present is located in the suburb of Orchard Park, a 20-minute drive from downtown Buffalo. If the new stadium was built in Niagara Falls, it would be about the same driving distance, perhaps even faster with direct links to the state Thruway, the Niagara Express Way (1-190) and  the international bridges to accommodate the heavy influx from the Canadian side.

And obviously the logistical nitpickers aren’t paying attention to recent efforts to co-join the region. Case in point: The Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. 

We deserve to be considered. There’s no city that’s closer to the expandable markets in Canada, no city that’s got more growth potential, and no city that has the kind of open land that we have here. And no city that needs it more.

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