How a renovated DL&W Terminal can affect downtown stadium

Rail line expansion can benefit a downtown stadium

Mike Baggerman
January 11, 2019 - 3:00 am

Buffalo's Cobblestone District. January 10, 2019 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The recent survey sent out to fans of the Buffalo Bills by the team has, once again, reinvigorated talks about a downtown stadium for the Bills.

One of the frequently talked about sites for a downtown stadium is in Buffalo's Cobblestone District, near where the DL&W Terminal lies and the former Commodore Perry Apartments, which was recently condemned by the New York State Department of Health.

WBEN spoke with Tom George, the NFTA's Public Transit Director, about the speculation of a downtown stadium near where the DL&W Terminal site.

"Currently our service ends at the special events station," George told WBEN. "(DL&W) served as a road block and wouldn't allow us to continue on past the DL&W. With the track work we're doing as a part of this, it allows us to continue service to the south. That may lend itself well to a development of a stadium in the future (but) we don't know where it would be located. If it does, now we have the opportunity to continue to possibly service other areas in that direction."

George said the NFTA would like to play a major role in moving people in and out if there was a stadium in downtown Buffalo and said they'd like to be involved in those conversations.

Michael DeLuca, a project manager for Architectural Resources located in Allentown, was one of several area developers, architects, and designers who attended Thursday's walkthrough of the DL&W Terminal.

"The (DL&W's original use) was for people and goods," he said. "Let's bring people and goods to it again. Bringing (trains and people) into here will support any development down here. We've already got tremendous development through Canalside and HarborCenter. This will only grow it."

IMAGE GALLERY: INSIDE THE DL&W TERMINAL

The team survey asked fans their thoughts about a new stadium, including the market's and their own personal support of it, characteristics of a new or renovated stadium, and other questions.

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