Lease terms: State gets 16 tickets for each Buffalo Bills game

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The terms of New York and Erie County’s lease with the Buffalo Bills provides the state with 16 tickets to each home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium, according to the terms of the agreement.

The New York Times and The Buffalo News reported on the “I (Heart) New York Hospitality Center” included in the lease. The luxury suite will be reserved for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration for the purpose of “encouraging and fostering economic development, tourism and public awareness for the State and Western New York,” according to a memorandum of understanding.

Below, you can read the terms for the suite, which are included as an attachment to the lease agreement approved by the National Football League and the Erie County Legislature this month. (The state will pay $123 million over the course of the 10-year lease for stadium improvements and annual costs.)

Among the highlights:

  • The state is provided with 16 tickets to each game or “Bills event.”
  • The suite must include the following items: a wet bar, countertops, a refrigerator, a color television, carpeting and “cushioned, theatre-style seating.”
  • While the tickets are provided with no extra charge, the state is required to pay for “food, beverage and related services.”
  • Rest assured, state officials can’t bring “alcoholic or intoxicating beverages, illegal drugs or controlled substances” into the suite.

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  1. Jackson Davies on

    My family would like to use that box on one of the home games in November please.
    Who do I call since my taxes paid for that in the $123 MILLION being given to the Bills and I want a seat also ! I also want some of that hot food that is part of such a luxury box and the TV better have a good picture.