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Kim Pegula on new Bills stadium: 'I don't even know if we can get there'

ATLANTA — Kim Pegula sees the Buffalo Bills facing a difficult road toward a new stadium, because all entities involved will balk at contributing to a price tag likely to exceed the team’s purchase price of $1.4 billion.
 
“I don’t even know if we can get there,” the team’s co-owner told The Buffalo News while attending the NFL spring meeting. “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.”
 
Pegula said she and Pegula Sports & Entertainment Chief Operating Officer Bruce Popko have taken the lead on the Bills’ long-term stadium planning since Russ Brandon’s May 1 resignation as president of PSE and its sports franchises.
 
“It’s going to be hard, so that’s why we’re trying to get all the options,” Pegula said.
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I know this is a very polarizing topic, and the funny thing is I don’t care very much. I love going to games at the Ralph, and I’d be fine with a new stadium. I’m just glad they are still in WNY. 

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She has a good read on the fanbase. She is realistic in assessing the general feeling of the fans. Do we want a new stadium? , sure, Do we want to pay for it through higher ticket prices , PSL's and increased taxes? , Probably not. She knows the landscape she is up against. Smart owner.

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7 minutes ago, NewDayBills said:

Keep it where it is, that's just fine, nothing is wrong with it.

There’s plenty wrong with it.

 

Signed, 2018.

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Great to hear!

 

What a waste it would be, maybe a billion dollars!!, and, what, have a disastrous monstrosity like Dallas has?

 

No, thank you.  Just because everyone else does something doesn't mean everyone should follow.

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Sounds like the baby steps of moving the team.  Saw the same thing with Chargers (I live in Southern California).  Spanos kept saying it can’t be done even though he had options.  His option A was too lofty to achieve and decided to go.  Planned failure with built in excuse to leave. 

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...and the first shot is fired over the heads of city, county and state politicians. 

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1 minute ago, LabattBlue said:

...and the first shot is fired over the heads of city, county and state politicians. 

 

Bingo.

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1 minute ago, LabattBlue said:

...and the first shot is fired over the heads of city, county and state politicians. 


Exactly. They'd better pony up.

 

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I'm OK with higher ticket prices for a new stadium....not with PSL's though.

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for 8-10 games a year do they really need a new stadium ?  Look at met life they get 16 plus football games .  a couple of ncaa games , a few soccer matches and several concerts

i am not an engineer but couldn't the Ralph take on a major tech upgrade and some other bells and whistles for a quarter of the cost of a new stadium and still be a fine venue ?

The final thought is , nobody is screaming for a new stadium.  Some towns are fine with what they have.  K.c upgraded Arrowhead.  Packers are fine with their situation.  The Big city Bears keep upgrading their place ect ect 

5 minutes ago, BillsfaninSB said:

Sounds like the baby steps of moving the team.  Saw the same thing with Chargers (I live in Southern California).  Spanos kept saying it can’t be done even though he had options.  His option A was too lofty to achieve and decided to go.  Planned failure with built in excuse to leave. 

they are not selling the team.  She is saying i am not paying and the fans are not paying so if something is going to get done then there better be a ton of outside money 

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12 minutes ago, Guffalo said:

She has a good read on the fanbase. She is realistic in assessing the general feeling of the fans. Do we want a new stadium? , sure, Do we want to pay for it through higher ticket prices , PSL's and increased taxes? , Probably not. She knows the landscape she is up against. Smart owner.

Same exact thing has been said by Russ Brandon many times. I honestly didn't feel comfortable reading this from Kim.

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Just now, baskingridgebillsfan said:

for 8-10 games a year do they really need a new stadium ?  Look at met life they get 16 plus football games .  a couple of ncaa games , a few soccer matches and several concerts

i am not an engineer but couldn't the Ralph take on a major tech upgrade and some other bells and whistles for a quarter of the cost of a new stadium and still be a fine venue ?

 

You'd think if they updated soldier field and Lambeau it could be done. I'm not sure the Pegulas are feeling that, however.

 

Look, if the people of WNY are serious about retaining the Bills, pony up. If not, that's OK too, just don't cry when they move. Because they will. If the Chargers left a much larger market in SD, the Bills WILL leave Buffalo over a stadium.

 

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1 minute ago, joesixpack said:

 

You'd think if they updated soldier field and Lambeau it could be done. I'm not sure the Pegulas are feeling that, however.

 

Look, if the people of WNY are serious about retaining the Bills, pony up. If not, that's OK too, just don't cry when they move. Because they will. If the Chargers left a much larger market in SD, the Bills WILL leave Buffalo over a stadium.

 

I am not sure how anybody is reading her statement as a threat to leave.  She is simply saying , we are not spending 1.4 billion of our money      

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11 minutes ago, Jay_Fixit said:

There’s plenty wrong with it.

 

Signed, 2018.

Funny we don’t hear that about Lambeau. 

 

Lambeau is somehow considered historic while New eras considered garbagetopolis prime. 

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3 minutes ago, TheTruthHurts said:

Same exact thing has been said by Russ Brandon many times. I honestly didn't feel comfortable reading this from Kim.

why don't you feel comfortable 

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Funny we don’t hear that about Lambeau. 

i know.   The Pegs have to chance the narrative from a new stadium to we love the tradition of our place.   

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I don't understand why the NFL wants us to have a new stadium so bad. Our stadium may be old and outdated but it's not as old as some stadiums in the league. Lambeau Field was built in the 1950's and you don't ever hear anyone saying the Packers need a new stadium. Same with Soldier Field in Chicago. Those stadiums are older than our stadium which was built in 1973. They recently updated Soldier Field and that's ok but we update New Era Field and it's not good enough? Doesn't make sense

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2 minutes ago, baskingridgebillsfan said:

I am not sure how anybody is reading her statement as a threat to leave.  She is simply saying , we are not spending 1.4 billion of our money      

 

It's implied.

 

She knows that the state won't pitch squat into the project. Same for the county. She knows the fans won't pay more for seats or PSLs, and she knows she won't pay out of pocket for it.

 

Doesn't take a rocket surgeon to do that math. I'll guaran!@#$ingtee you that if the **** hits the fan, and none of the above are feasible, San Antonio will be more than happy to build a shiny new home for the Bills.

 

 

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2 minutes ago, baskingridgebillsfan said:

I am not sure how anybody is reading her statement as a threat to leave.  She is simply saying , we are not spending 1.4 billion of our money      

 

.....again. 

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1 minute ago, joesixpack said:

 

It's implied.

 

She knows that the state won't pitch squat into the project. Same for the county. She knows the fans won't pay more for seats or PSLs, and she knows she won't pay out of pocket for it.

 

Doesn't take a rocket surgeon to do that math.

 

nothing is implied except that will not be a new Stadium.  not that they are going shopping for a new location 

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1 minute ago, baskingridgebillsfan said:

why don't you feel comfortable 

i know.   The Pegs have to chance the narrative from a new stadium to we love the tradition of our place.   

I don't want to hear how Buffalo fans can't afford the modern NFL. Russ Brandon made it his job to do that.

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