This above is something we are used to seeing around here. The start of something big, a building just off the fringe of Toronto’s Air Canada Centre. But the difference between this construction project and the ones we are used to is the end result. See for yourself:
The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to have their own building. No, not their own venue, every team has one of those; the Leafs and MLSE are spending $500 million to make two 54-story buildings next to their home arena.
Now, when in your life has this ever seemed remotely possible in Buffalo? This would be like Ralph Wilson constructing a nice little condo just off of One Bills Drive, or the Sabres putting a shopping center/office building on the waterfront. Has any of that ever, ever even crossed your mind?
This is the sad reality of the Bills playing in Toronto, and while my snap reaction is one of anger, I’m well aware of the reality of the situation. There is an amazing force in Toronto that just isn’t in surplus around Western New York: money. And so while the GTA expands and the skyline morphs by the year, not much is changing around these parts.
The decision to go North makes sense fiscally, and while it seems like such a cruel, cruel betrayal, the former is all that really matters to the people who make these decisions. No matter how many Buffalonians hate it, and no matter how many Argos fans fight it, there is enough money and enough interest to make it work. People are going to show up to these games and they will make a lot of money over the next five years.
It will work, and I suppose I’ve made amends with that. Yeah, I’m going to hate it the whole way, but it is going to be a “rousing success” and I’ve almost gotten over it. Okay, that’s a freaking lie, but you just can’t be blind to this whole thing anymore. This is reality, and since when has reality been kind to those in the Queen City?
Excelsior, I guess.