Posted at: 12/21/2012 9:24 AM
Updated at: 12/21/2012 9:44 AM
By: Associated Press
The Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement with Erie County and the state on a lease deal for the Ralph Wilson Stadium that will keep the NFL franchise in western New York.
A state official familiar with the negotiations, who requested anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced yet, confirmed that an agreement has been reached. The official says Gov. Andrew Cuomo brokered the deal.
Cuomo, team officials and County Executive Mark Poloncarz are expected to officially announce the deal at a news conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday at the stadium in Orchard Park.
The Bills' current lease expires July 31.
The agreement, first reported Friday by The Buffalo News, is expected to include millions of dollars in renovations to the nearly 40-year-old stadium.