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Pitch to Union for New Bills Stadium

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Bills could get a new, 72,000 seat stadium right on Buffalo's outer harbor.

"Then Buffalo will be put back on the map. Where it should be," Greater Sports & Entertainment Complex President, Nicholas J. Stracick told YNN.

The Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex unveiled its plan in October that includes a retractable roof and a hotel. Their idea was presented to AFL-CIO union members Tuesday night where no cameras allowed.

"If we believe it's viable, we get behind it and we help with it as much as we can," Buffalo AFL-CIO President, Michael Hoffert said.

Developers say it would create 10 thousand construction jobs right off the bat.

"We're also looking at all the spin off development that would be affiliated with that and keep our construction people working for a number of years," Hoffert continued.

The current stadium more than 40 years old, while Bills' owner, Ralph Wilson, is 94 years old. Both facts fuel many people's desire to have an attractive facility to make sure the Bills stay in Buffalo.

"There's nothing else in this city. Nothing," Stracick said.

Stracick explained he's got a list of up to 15 private, secret sponsors and the NFL that'll come up with the $1 billion for the new stadium. No tax money needed.

"Nobody's going to have to put any money in. Nobody. No, no, no taxes. Nothing from nobody," he said.

Another 4 million would have to come from the state for infrastructure, according to Greater Buffalo Sports & Entertainment officials.

But first, Stracick said, the outer harbor land the new stadium would sit on needs to be handed over to the City of Buffalo from the NFTA.

"We need to have that land. We can't even talk about stadiums or projects or development," Buffalo Assemblyman Michael Kearns (D) told YNN.

But with no land deal made yet, it's still early in the game for a final deal on a new stadium.

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