Kim Pegula casts doubt on a new Bills stadium

May 23, 2018 - 5:22 pm
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Joe DiBiase reporting
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Kim Pegula has held her role as President of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres for just a few weeks, but already she's made some interesting comments on the state of a new stadium for the football team. 

Speaking to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, Pegula casts some doubt that Buffalo will ever get a new stadium.

"It's going to be hard... I don't even know if we can get there," Pegula said. "I know fans in Buffalo don’t want higher ticket prices, they don’t want PSLs. The state doesn’t want to give you any money, the city doesn’t... We don’t have a billion-and-a-half dollars sitting around. We used it to buy the team.”

The Bills are spending $18 million in private funds this season to improve club seats and ribbon-board digital signage at New Era Field. That includes selling the naming rights to the Jim Kelly, Van Miller, and Paul Maguire club sections. 

New Era Field also went under $130 million worth of renovations after the new stadium lease was agreed upon in 2012. That lease runs out in 2023, 50 years after the Bills' first season at the former "Rich Stadium". 

At the owners meetings in March, NFL comissioner Roger Goodell said the Bills were in the very early stages of long-term stadium planning. That wouldn't necessarily mean a new stadium was forthcoming.

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