A report commissioned by New York state on a site for a potential new Buffalo Bills stadium won't be done on time.
The report had been due Friday, but Empire State Development – an agency charged with business matters in New York – said the report will be delayed until the end of the month.
The state had commissioned California-based consulting firm AECOM to study the best sites should a new stadium be built. Company officials have been in the area since May scouring sites, including the Buffalo waterfront, Niagara Falls and Batavia.
"We have not received the report from AECOM and are told it is not yet complete. We look forward to receiving and reviewing it upon receipt," a statement from Empire State Development said.
The state has called for the report but remains uncertain that a new stadium is necessary. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he'd back a new stadium as a last resort to keep the Bills in Buffalo, but a good look should first be given to Ralph Wilson Stadium, which is four decades old but is undergoing $130 million in renovations – partially taxpayer-funded – for the 2014 season. Commissioner Roger Goodell has previously said a new stadium is required.
The final call, though, will be made by whoever buys the Bills. The sales process is ongoing and looks to continue through the summer, at least. Several prospective buyers are looking to acquire the team from the estate of Ralph Wilson Jr. The team's been valued at about $870 million by Forbes.
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