Kim Pegula doubts ability to get new stadium in Buffalo

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Buffalo Bills owner Kim Pegula doesn’t seem particularly optimistic about the chances of the Bills getting a new stadium in the greater Buffalo area anytime soon.

According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the current lease with Buffalo for New Era Field expires after the 2022 season.

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 (personal seat licenses). 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 venue replaced War Memorial Stadium as the home stadium for the Bills upon its opening in 1973 and has played host to the team ever since. It was renovated in 1998 and had additional renovations completed in 2014. An additional privately funded $18 million renovation is also in the works.

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Soldier Field, Lambeau Field, Oakland Coliseum and Arrowhead Stadium are the only stadiums in the NFL older that New Era Field. However, the Rams and Raiders are leaving their homes for new stadiums in Inglewood, Calif. and Las Vegas in 2020, and Soldier Field and Lambeau Field have had significant renovations to their original designs done in 2003.

37 responses to “Kim Pegula doubts ability to get new stadium in Buffalo

  1. Boo Hoo. Be happy you own an NFL team. It’s not that your not making money. Apparently your not making enough money to satisfy your greed.

  2. I’ve been saying this for a long time, the Bills are gone in 2020 and the Pegula’s had this in mind the whole time.

  3. No city should help finance a new stadium.

    If you want the citizens to pay for it…

    … you better win a Super Bowl.

  4. why should these billionaire owners expect pubklic dollars for their stadiums?

    If the owner wants a new stadium, by all means build it yourself.

  5. Other team owners have dipped into their own pockets to build new stadia or significantly upgrade. Kim Pegula’s comments sound like an initial justification to relocate the team. Toronto Bills??

  6. It’s still a wonderful stadium. The sight lines are great, ample parking, the famous tailgating space. The Bills just need to do what the Packers and Chiefs done with their stadium for half the cost. Update everything and this will be a win win for many years to come

  7. This comment was made in the moment. In 2020 they’ll have a new stadium in the works.

  8. The main problem with a New Stadium in Buffalo is that no one sees a need for a New Stadium
    in Buffalo ( other then owners from other cities) The Stadium has been updated and maintained on a regular basis since it was built in 1973. A $ 400,000,000 renovation was just completed in 2015. It is a great venue with great site lines and facilities. The team has a sweet lease , where they pay practically nothing. Fans are happy, Why build a new one ?

  9. joetoronto says:
    May 24, 2018 at 5:21 am
    I’ve been saying this for a long time, the Bills are gone in 2020 and the Pegula’s had this in mind the whole time.

    That may be the case, but Toronto has ZERO chance of ending up with the Bills. St. Louis, San Diego, Oakland and London would be WAY ahead of Toronto. Oh, the irony.

  10. In other words, “taxpayers need to build us a new stadium or we will move somewhere where they will.” There, fixed it for you, Kim.

  11. There is ZERO reason to replace New Era Field.
    Although built in 1973, the stadium has been repeatedly upgraded, is an excellent venue in excellent condition, in an excellent location.
    It would be a travesty to spend a single cent on a new stadium.

  12. thetooloftools says:

    Boo Hoo. Be happy you own an NFL team. It’s not that your not making money. Apparently your not making enough money to satisfy your greed.
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    Well, Comrade Marx, should she have refused to answer the question?

  13. Watching games at Yankee Stadium and Shea Stadium were awful but it didn’t matter if you loved the game. Shea was the worst stadium on the planet. Your life was on the line in the upper decks. Yankee Stadium (before the renovation which was before the new stadium) had pillars that made a bunch of seats useless.

    But football was 2nd to baseball back then and going to games was affordable, even to college students etc. Now it’s like a planned vacation for non season ticket holders.

  14. The next decade will be the beginning of NFL stadium wars. This is the Bills opening salvo.

    Not just Buffalo. A lot of teams play in stadiums either 20 years old, or close to it. Jacksonville, Carolina, Tampa, Cleveland, Tennessee, Washington, the list goes on. Hundreds of millions of dollars will be asked for to upgrade them. Or billions will be asked for to replace them.

  15. Bills need to make a move here. Whether its significantly upgrading new era field now or getting the ball rolling on building a new one, something needs to happen.

  16. Born and raised in upstate NY, headed west when I was 21 (1997) and remain a Bills fan to this day. Typically I make it “home” for at least one Bills game a year. Love attending games in Orchard Park, tons of fun and an experience a fan of any team would surely enjoy. I do not understand the fascination with having a multi-billion dollar facility with all of the newest, latest and greatest tech, just for playing a game in 7-8 times a year. Yes there are a few other events that happen throughout the course of the year, but in my mind, you simply cannot justify that kind of expense for a limited use facility. Having said that, its crazy to expect hardworking, taxpaying people to shoulder the bill for a new stadium…that does exactly what again? Allows you to play a football game on a Sunday? Get over it people. Play outside in the elements. Suck it up. Toughen up…its Football.

  17. The big mistake Buffalo made was in expanding the stadium during the superbowl years. The dollars fell off after the play fell off and it’s been an albatross ever since. They have as much chance at getting a new stadium as Green Bay does.

  18. Putting a stadium downtown would be a suicide move. No tailgating room or allowable fun like we have. Loss of revenue for current homeowners who host parking and tailgating. Weather is way worse with cold and wind off the lake, making campers and tailgating a huge problem. Much harder to get traffic out. Inconvenient so less people will go. Again think of ECC, Bills lots, all homes and Private parking space…it’s absolutely huge. Will be cut to a 1/4 downtown

  19. Buffalo, you are on the clock. Either fork over the cash or we are out of here.

  20. I agree with Shack… funny the Bills are the team leading the pack. The days are done when public money is used and will only be used when the NFL uses a city to lure away a team from another city. As the price of stadiums go up every year at some point teams are going to start saying NO! and the Bills may be one of the 1st ones. This isn’t about moving the team The Pegulas are from Buffalo. so all you moving nuts can relax.

  21. Shes doing her best Ralph Wilson impersonation……I call your bluff Kim, and raise you to actually move them. I can think of better things for tax money to go to, or a decrease of taxes for your fan base who not only buy your tickets, but also pay for your stadium.

  22. nard100 says:
    May 24, 2018 at 9:14 am
    The big mistake Buffalo made was in expanding the stadium during the superbowl years. The dollars fell off after the play fell off and it’s been an albatross ever since. They have as much chance at getting a new stadium as Green Bay does.

    Except – This never happened !
    The Rich Stadium when it was built in 1973 Seated 80,200 ( I was at the first Preseason game played there against the Redskins ) Today New Era seats 71,870 because during one of the upgrade/remodels, luxury suites were added which cut down on the number of seats.
    Far from an ” Albatross” the stadium is filled every week and great place to watch a game.

  23. Personally – I love Bill’s stadium, the people and the atmosphere
    things always can be better, but at what cost

  24. If the Pegula’s are thinking about moving the Bills they better plan on moving the Sabres too. Buffalo has a tremendously loyal fan base. The hatred that would blossom should the Bills be moved would sink the Sabres.

  25. joetoronto says:

    May 24, 2018 at 5:21 am

    I’ve been saying this for a long time, the Bills are gone in 2020 and the Pegula’s had this in mind the whole time.
    __________________________________________________________________________________
    And I have been saying this for a long time too, if you had a brain, you would be dangerous, and you just proved my point with your post.

  26. Maybe they can pull a “Spanos” and find a real owner to leech off of.

  27. It’s hilarious reading the comments from people who not only have never set foot in Buffalo, but have never even been in the stadium. Yet here they are throwing around their “expert” opinions on what’s going to happen and trying to sound knowledgeable about something they really don’t have a clue about.

  28. Kim Pegula is now dictating to WNY? Really? This comes from a woman qualified to run a billion dollar franchise how? Oh, right … waitressing & wooing a multi billionaire into marriage. Look , I’m as frustrated as the next guy with the obscene amount of money going to players, owners, coaches and executives in the sport but this woman’s authoritative position is nothing short of laughable.

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