Bills owner says he’ll wait to ask for new stadium until it’s less embarrassing to do so

Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula was asked yesterday about his demands for a new stadium right after getting $130 million in state-funded renovations for his old one, and said, in essence, Shh, not so loud:

“The only answer to that question is the state and county, there’s been a lot of money put into Ralph Wilson Stadium,” Pegula said. “We’re in no hurry. We realize that if that work was just done, how foolish would you look if you start looking around for a new stadium when we’ve just renovated the one we have? We have time. We have an existing lease on the current stadium.”

Yeah, what kind of schmuck would demand a new stadium right after collecting a pile of state subsidies for renovations? I mean, really

“Well, there’s going to be a new stadium somewhere, that’s all I know,” Terry Pegula said. “The league was pretty emphatic that Buffalo — we’re a small market — needs to be as competitive as we can.”

It’s all about the timing.


4 comments on “Bills owner says he’ll wait to ask for new stadium until it’s less embarrassing to do so

  1. “The league was pretty emphatic that Buffalo — we’re a small market — needs to be as competitive as we can.”

    Yes, everybody wants the Bills to do a better job of drafting quarterbacks.

    I assume it really means they want them to move up a few notches on the public subsidy rankings?

  2. Spending $130 mil on renovating the Ralph and then asking for a new stadium makes no sense. You either build new or renovate, you can’t have both.

    As far as small market needing to be competitive….Green Bay is the smallest market and they were able to renovate Lambeau instead of building a new stadium. Not buying the spin by Pegula.

  3. I see no shame in demanding public money to build a private palace. I sure didn’t feel any and lookee what I got!
    http://www.vikings.com/stadium/new-stadium/webcam.html

  4. Small market.

    That kills me.

    According to Nielson Buff/Niagara is the 54th biggest market in the States. Niagara, Ontario which is right across the bridge, is about 400 000 which would move Buff to 44th and adding Rochester, NY which is football close, puts Buff at 2.4 which is in with cities like St. Louis and Balto and Pitt and Denver etc.

    I am willing to bet when they are selling ads and tix for the Bills my numbers are the ones they use.

    Dan Shields,
    Ottawa.

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