Buffalo Bills Secure Five-Year Deal to Play in Toronto

By Community | January 30, 2013

The Buffalo Bills and Rogers Media announced a new agreement Friday that will keep Rogers Centre in Toronto as the team’s second home.

Buffalo will play one regular-season game at the home of the Toronto Blue Jays for the next five years, and the new contract also includes one preseason game in 2015.

The existing five-year deal — which was worth $78 million — expired when Seattle posted a 50-17 win over Buffalo Dec. 16. But an extension had long been expected despite lingering attendance problems. Only 40,770 fans attended the Seahawks’ win, far short of a sellout. Some 53,000 fans had been expected.

Defensive tackle Kyle Williams said: “It’s very similar to a road game, but also I understand the business side of things,” Williams said then. “I don’t think you’d find a guy in here that wouldn’t agree that they would much rather be in Ralph Wilson Stadium.”

The Bills recently extended their lease at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., for 10 years, which should solidify the franchise’s short-term future.