Mayor, county executive weigh in on new Bills ownership

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The future of Ralph Wilson Stadium became a key player during the sale process.

Both Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown were thrilled to learn the Pegulas bid was accepted. Like Bills fans, they wanted to see the team stay in Western New York and they’re excited to know it will happen.

News 4 asked both the mayor and county executive if they had any insight on what will happen with the stadium.

“I think it’s a little early to talk about a stadium now. I think today is a day of celebration and congratulations for Terry and Kim Pegula,” said Mayor Brown.

“There have been no discussions with the Pegulas. I’ve reached out to the Pegula organization in recent months and their general consensus was we don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” said Erie County Executive Poloncarz. “This team isn’t going to stay here for 10 years, this team is going to stay here forever. That’s all we wanted was the Buffalo Bills to be the Buffalo Bills forever.”

Both the county executive and mayor say there will be an excitement at Sunday’s game like no other, with the Bills coming into their home opener with a win and the news of the new owners. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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