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Correction: Buffalo-Stadium Proposal

Associated Press Modified: October 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm •  Published: October 24, 2012
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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — In a story Oct. 23 about the a proposal to build a $1.4 billion waterfront sports complex on Buffalo's waterfront, The Associated Press erroneously credited HKS Design as designing the new Yankee Stadium in New York. Populous designed the new Yankee Stadium.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Nicholas Stracick figures if he builds it, the Buffalo Bills will stay.

Stracick, CEO and president of the Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex, unveiled a proposal on Tuesday to build a $1.4 billion waterfront sports and entertainment facility that would include a 70,000-plus-seat, retractable-roofed stadium to one day serve as the Bills new home.

In making a presentation to a city council committee, Stracick said his plan has the potential to change the Buffalo's rust-belt image and preserve the Bills long-term future in western New York.

"Buffalo's been backward the last 50 years. It's gone nowhere," Stracick said. "This stadium is going to change the city of Buffalo."

Stracick's company has already spent about $1 million in hiring a leading sports facility architectural firm, Dallas-based HKS Design, to design a site plan. HKS has designed numerous stadiums, including the Dallas Cowboys' new facility.

The next step is having the city acquire a 400-acre plot of land lining the outer harbor just south of downtown. The land is currently controlled by the region's transportation authority.

Once that's approved, Stracick then intends to approach Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the Bills and the NFL.

Stracick's 45-minute-long presentation was tabled by the committee, and it's unclear when it will be discussed at a full council meeting.

Stracick says he's already lined up a group of investors, and projects the complex — which would also include a hotel, convention center and sports museum — would be mostly privately funded, with about 30 percent of the cost picked up by taxpayers.

It didn't matter to Stracick that his proposal runs counter to the Bills' immediate plans.

"The Bills will move in once the thing is built," Stracick said. "Don't worry about it. It's done."

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