Cuomo’s office defends spending $130 million to renovate Ralph Wilson Stadium

FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2012 photo, the Buffalo Bills play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — New York State officials are defending the decision to throw money at an older stadium despite knowing western New York’s football team won’t call it home for the permanent future.

New owners of the Buffalo Bills Kim and Terry Pegula are enjoying their second full year of ownership in the NFL, but may be feeling the pressure to build a new stadium. After all, NFL owners approved the Pegula family to buy the Bills and told them during the process a priority should be building a new stadium.

A new stadium would increase revenue by increasing ticket prices — something fellow owners expect out of one of the most outdated stadiums in the nation, however the Ralph Wilson Stadium recently received a face lift to the tune of $130 million that helped modernize many facilities there.

The renovation could be questioned by some, who might ask why so much money was earmarked to update an old project, rather than putting it towards a new building. According to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office, the state supports the organization and realized the immediate need to modernize its facilities.

With the modernization behind them, the administration admitted relocation is a real possibility in the future.

“The state commissioned a stadium relocation analysis that clearly lays out what’s possible in the future,” An aide said in a statement. “With no imminent need, we join players and fans in celebrating the success of keeping the Bills in Buffalo and look forward to kicking off the 2016 season at the Ralph.”

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