Buffalo Bills' stadium deal gives luxury box to state officials
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 18:26:59 GMT —
A published report says the Cuomo administration is getting a 12-seat luxury box at the Buffalo Bills' stadium as part of the $130 million deal to renovate the NFL venue.
The New York Times reports that the suite was negotiated by the state as part of the agreement to keep the Bills in western New York. Citing state documents, the newspaper reports that the suite at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park will be used by public officials to promote New York state and the Buffalo-Niagara region.
Administration officials say since the stadium is publicly owned, using luxury boxes to promote the state is legitimate.
The team's 10-year, $271 million lease agreement was unanimously approved Thursday by Erie County lawmakers. State legislators are expected to give final approval to the deal soon.