Would personal seat licenses work in Buffalo?
That's a question that could soon be posed to Buffalo Bills' season-ticket holders. In an appearance Thursday on WGR 550, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said the Bills' "new stadium working group" has considered polling ticket holders about PSLs.
"The ownerships that are building stadiums now, they're pushing those costs back onto the fans," Poloncarz said. "A lot of people will say, that's not a bad idea because rather than have the general public pay for [the new stadium], the users of the stadium who are attending the games are paying for it.
"But does this market support personal seat licenses like a Minnesota might? I don't know. Those are discussions we still have to do."
Personal seat licenses are a fee that ticket holders must pay for the right to purchase a ticket. In other words, they're like a membership fee to be part of a country club, and in order to attend events at the club, you'll have to pay full ticket prices as well.
Most of the NFL's newest stadiums incorporated PSLs. With costs for new venues typically around $1 billion, they allow the team to finance construction and rely less on NFL and government funding.
PSLs at San Francisco's Levi's Stadium, set to open this summer, range from $2,000 to $80,000 per seat. 49ers season tickets then cost $850 to $3,750 per ticket, per season. In Minnesota, where the new stadium will open in 2016, the team is selling 50,000 PSLs ranging from $500 to $9,500. Ticket prices would range from $50 to $400 per game.
New stadiums built in New Jersey and Dallas have also incorporated PSLs, in both cases averaging in the tens of thousands of dollars.
If PSLs are necessary to help build a new stadium in Buffalo, would you pay for one? What would be your limit in terms of cost?
We asked the question on Twitter Thursday and you'll want to check out some of the reactions, which leaned towards Bills ticket holders not supporting PSLs.