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            === Bills agree to new lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium ===
 
 Orchard  Park, NY  (Sports Network) - The Buffalo Bills are staying in Western
 New York.
 
 The  team  announced Friday that it  had reached an agreement with Erie County
 and the state on a 10-year lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
 
 "The  Buffalo Bills  are a central part  of the cultural, economic, and of the
 entire  Western part of New York State, and the state has never wavered in our
 commitment  to  keeping the Bills  a thriving  part of the Buffalo community,"
 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said.
 
 Under the agreement, the Bills are committed to remain in Buffalo for at least
 seven years, regardless of ownership.
 
 According  to  the Buffalo News, a  hefty relocation penalty is built into the
 agreement.  The  franchise will have  to pay $400  million if it leaves before
 2020.  In  the final three  years of  the contract, the  fee would only be $29
 million.
 
 The  deal also  features a  total  of $130  million  that will  be devoted  to
 upgrading  a venue  that opened in 1973. The Bills will contribute $35 million
 to  the cause.  The state  and  county will  share the  remaining $95  million
 renovation  costs, with $54 million coming from the state and $41 million from
 the county.
 
 The  renovations  will  be  centered  around  improving  the  fan  experience,
 including  new video display boards on the stadium's east end and the creation
 of a new west end plaza.
 
 
 
 
 12/21 12:51:57 ET