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Pegula says a new Bills stadium would be a 'scaled-down version' of others


There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding a potential new football stadium in Buffalo. Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula spoke about the topic Tuesday at the NFL owners' meetings in Phoenix, Arizona.

So far, the Bills have collected over 30,000 responses from a survey released in January asking fans how they feel about renovating New Era Field and building something new. Terry Pegula said they are open to any option.

“The league just, I think they more or less just want to see something done," he said. "One way or the other. We’re one of the smaller markets. Anyway we can increase our revenue, they’re for it”

Pegula said if the Bills end up with something new, it won’t follow the trend of some of the extravagant stadiums built recently.

“I think the answer is probably a scaled-down version of some of these palaces that are being built around the country," he said. "The thing Stan is building in L.A. is amazing. Jerry Jones’ facility in Dallas. You know, we need to do something that’s Buffalo style.”

Pegula said he's waiting to see a CAA ICON market research study commissioned by Pegula Sports and Entertainment to help determine the best option. The results should be available this summer.

Co-owner Kim Pegula said so far, they’ve received a good amount of feedback.

"Both the hockey and the football side have both really come out (and) had a say in what they are looking for, as well as our corporate partners,” she said.

Pegula added if a new stadium were to be built, there would be many challenges ahead.

“It’s going to take a lot of work from a lot of people. The county, the fans, us, the stadium, the league, the state,” she said.

Nick Lippa leads our Arts & Culture Coverage, and is also the lead reporter for the station's Mental Health Initiative, profiling the struggles and triumphs of those who battle mental health issues and the related stigma that can come from it.