Kim Pegula Explains Why Stadium Renovation Talk Isn't Happening Right Away

Pegula says plenty of room at the table for talks

Tom Puckett
October 04, 2018 - 4:00 am

New Era Field. September 8, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The co-owner of the Buffalo Bills says she's clearing the air on comments she made last month no talk about renovating New Era Field or building a new stadium would happen until after next month's elections.

"The conversation was 'I'm assuming you won't have anything to say until after the election and I'm saying that's right because there isn't anything to say," said Kim Pegula in an extensive conversation with WGR's Mike Schopp. "Elections will come and go, and I didn't want to give the impression I was withholding information until after the election. It was just more a timing thing, because there isn't anything worthy of announcing."

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Pegula told Schopp just because there's nothing to announce doesn't mean it's out of sight, out of mind. "I don't want to mislead anyone to think we're not doing anything. We just aren't at the point to have any real infomation that would be accurate at this point," explains Pegula.

Pegula adds when it does happen, there will be lots of seats at the table. "There will be options and different partners, and a lot more conversations, and a lot of people around this table. Whether it's us, the league, the fan base, the state, the county, who will have a seat at the table," adds Pegula. "I've met with the league to go over the background and parameters from an expectation aspect."

She's also been asking league owners about how they went about renovations or a new stadium. "Obvioulsy we played Green Bay and Minnesota, renovations in Green Bay and a new stadium in Minnesota. So I'm meeting with them, getting tours, things like that. We've talked to other owners about how their processes were like," says Pegula.

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