Moving the Bills to Orchard Park
Oh what could have been. From 1960 to 1973, the Bills played their home games at War Memorial Stadium located downtown. In 1973, they were forced to either expand their current home or move, as the stadium did not meet the 50,000 seat minimum implemented by the league. The Bills considered a move to Lancaster, where a state of the line domed-stadium would be built. After the town denied this request due to the fact that the stadium would be located too close a school, Ralph Wilson settled on Orchard Park. Talk about a detrimental series of events for the city. It's no secret that downtown businesses have struggled, mostly due to the lack of a population presence in the city. In the WNY region, the majority of people live in suburbs either north or south of the city, presenting problems for downtown establishments. Imagine if 80,000 fans made the weekly trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium, located on the waterfront downtown. That's 80,000 people who would eat at restaurants before the game and find themselves at a bar afterwards. It seems like a no-brainer, and that's why it made our top spot on this list.