The Buffalo Bills NFL American football team is set to continue playing at New Era Field until 2023 after choosing not to use an early opt-out clause to terminate its lease agreement for the stadium.

The 71,000-seat stadium has been the home of the Bills since 1973 but the team has been canvassing opinions from supporters on whether it should build a new home or renovate the existing venue.

The Bills’ lease deal to play at New Era Field expires in 2023 and the team has now informed county officials of its intention to honour this agreement after deciding not to exercise a one-time opt-out clause. The team informed Erie County executive Mark Poloncarz of its decision in a letter sent on Friday.

Last week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell discussed the Bills’ stadium plans. Goodell has previously suggested that the Bills need a new stadium in order to remain competitive and reiterated that either a relocation or a major upgrade of New Era Field is required.

Had the Bills chosen to exercise the opt-out clause, its New Era Field lease would have expired on July 30, meaning the team would have been left without a home stadium for the 2020 NFL season.

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