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Local Bills Fans Excited About Lease Agreement

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Buffalo Bills fans have something to cheer about now that the team is sticking around for a while.

It's a team that represents the region.

"I don't think you can get a better support system than in Buffalo and Western New York for this team, so I think it's a great day," said Bob Duffy, (D) Lieutenant Governor.

So for Rochester's Bills fans at the Distillery on Mount Hope Avenue, the news that came out of Buffalo Friday brings relief.

"I was afraid they were going to Toronto. I was very afraid of that," said Donald Chalmers, Bills fan.

The Bills are sticking around for at least seven more years after Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a 10-year lease agreement with the team.

"It's a good thing for us because it's one of our representations for New York," said Shaun Windhauser, local football fan.

The deal includes a $130 million renovation package for the Ralph, a place considered a home away from home for local fans on Sunday.

"It brings in a lot of people 100 miles a way," said Chalmers.

"I think that's perfect for the economy of New York State. Ralph Wilson is one of the original owners of football, period," said Dave.

Bills fan or not, football fans in general say they are happy with the move. For them it not only secures a Buffalo based team, but its the only NFL team whose home games are actually in the state.

"It's not like the NY Giants or anything like that this is our team. We need them to stay home. If they go anywhere else, we don't have a representing team and that's coming from a Dallas fan of course," said Windhauser.

For fans, the Bills are a huge part of the Rochester community; after all, they hold training camp at St. John Fisher College.

"We are looking ahead to many more fruitful years as a partner with the Buffalo Bills for training camp and as loyal and dedicated fans," said Donald Bain, St. John Fisher President.

To Rochester fans, Western New York is where the Bills belong.

"If you take away the Buffalo bills from us,w hat does New York have left," said Windhauser.

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