Bills spending their own money on stadium renovations

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The Bills are planning some renovations to their stadium, and in a novel development, they’re going to spend their own money.

According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the Bills will spend $18 million in private money to improve club seating areas and digital signage at New Era Field, with the work scheduled to be completed before the start of the season.

It’s an update to the 1999 renovations, but not part of the $130 million spent in the 2013 lease.

“We’re trying to make our experience for our fans better,” owner Terry Pegula said. “That’s our thought process on any of these projects. It’s all centered around keeping our fans happy and giving them the best experience they can get.”

Of course, owners aren’t in the habit of giving away money, so the Bills are going to sell the naming rights for those club areas, which are currently named after Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, Bills broadcasting legend Van Miller and former Bills punter Paul Maguire.

16 responses to “Bills spending their own money on stadium renovations

  1. Pegula is a massive fish in a tiny pond and he likes it like that. He can be the man in Buffalo, where nothing has ever been accomplished.

  2. Hats off to the Pegulas for not extorting the local community for tax money to fund this.
    When people talk of franchises that can potentially move, Buffalo is almost always in the conversation.
    It’s fantastic that the owners are showing a commitment to a passionate local fan base instead of chasing the $$$.

  3. This is as it should be. Hard working Americans have been subsidizing the wealthiest Americans for far too long. NFL owners could take the lead in changing this culture of wealthy entitlement. Great move, Pegulas.

  4. Hats off to the Pegulas for not extorting the local community for tax money to fund this.
    When people talk of franchises that can potentially move, Buffalo is almost always in the conversation.
    It’s fantastic that the owners are showing a commitment to a passionate local fan base instead of chasing the $$$.
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    As someone whos had some insight into this, hes buttering up the public. His goals have been to win over public opinion (check here, spend a little money to get everyone on board), get the team to the playoffs (check) and only after he has the entire city in his pocket to go to the county to ask for the new stadium money. Pegula is in the process of designing a stadium right now (I have a primary source on this) and is building up as much good will as humanly possible before he goes to the state/county for money during the 2018/2019 offseason. Hes a good heart, and he genuinely loves and believes in the city of Buffalo, but dont let his spending pocket change here lull you. The big ask is coming

  5. this couple is amazing
    they deserve every ounce of credit they get
    the Bill’s have great owners, caring about team, fans and community

  6. Pegula is in the process of designing a stadium right now (I have a primary source on this)Don’t we all.
    Every owner is designing a new stadium. And every rich owner wants you to pay for it. Thats how they came to be rich. If replacing a 45 year old stadium makes them more rich than that is what they are going to do. If you think he give a flying F@#k about Western NY you are wrong. He wants a winner. Because winners fill the seats and buy the jersey that makes him rich. A winning team makes his investment worth it. The I love Buffalo is total B.S. PR game that they all play.
    A new stadium draws crowds by default. Because every one wants to see the new house. Of course he wants a new stadium so he can keep profiting. Just as McDonald’s has done by rebuilding and remodelling their store fronts.

  7. The Pegulas have been great owners. Rich Stadium is one of the first “modern” stadiums (no obstructions and great sight lines for every seat) of the 1970’s. It was built 50 feet down into bedrock and there are little/no cracks in any of the concrete. Great bones for the Pegulas to spruce up and a GREAT stadium experience. However, the Pegulas have also made multiple property purchases surrounding the Key Bank Arena (home of their Buffalo Sabres). I will give you one guess where the new stadium will be going when the current lease runs out in 7 years…..

  8. Strange concept this, billionaires paying for things out of their own pocket? What’s the catch?

  9. Terry!Terry!Terry!Terry!Terry!

    Other than hiring Rex – which is only bad in hindsight since I actually like the hire at the time (finally got Buffalo in the national sports media for once in my life) – Terry has done a great job so far in his time as CEO of Buffalo.

  10. wideright91 says:
    March 28, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Best stadium experience in the league, no doubt

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    Ok, I’ll humor you. How many other NFL stadiums have you been to? Unless the answer is 31 you have no business making such an asinine comment.

  11. If they build a stadium downtown they will lose a lot of attendance. There is not enough tailgating room for the size of the tailgating Buffalo has. The campers are a school lot entirely. It’s always much worse weather with the wind. The driving for all the southtowners will now all be on thruways. It’s just a bad idea all around. We’ve just put so much money into the stadium. They are planning to do more now. Why even bother moving?

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