Jon Bon Jovi is pure New Jersey. But he insists that if he succeeds in his bid to buy the Bills he will keep the team in Buffalo.
“Our objective is simple: to carry on the legacy of Ralph Wilson and make the Bills successful in Buffalo,” the rock star writes in an open letter to Bills fans at BuffaloNews.com. “We are committed to working with the State, City, County and business community to identify the best possible site in the Buffalo area for a new stadium and to then develop and implement a plan to finance and build a state-of-the-art NFL stadium for the loyal Bills fans.”
Bon Jovi’s partners are businessmen based in Toronto, which hosted a Bills regular season game from 2008 to 2013. The home-away-from-home game has been put on hiatus this season. But this hasn’t stopped speculation that the team may move north, west, or in some other direction far away from Buffalo. The Bills, which lost the only owner in team history earlier this year, play in an antiquated 41-year-old stadium and draw upon a fan base in a market weaker than most of the thirty others in the league.
“I know how much the Bills mean to the people of this region,” Bon Jovi concludes his letter. “So I want you to hear this from me: I’m not risking it all to let you down. If we are given the chance to be the next owners of the Buffalo Bills, I promise you that we will bring the same passion that you do every Sunday, every day.”
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