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Democratic Legislators Tour Ralph Wilson Stadium Planned Renovations


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Erie County Legislators Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo), left; Lynn M. Marinelli (D-Buffalo, Tonawanda), Thomas A. Loughran (D-Amherst) and Terrence D. McCracken (D-Lancaster, Depew, South Cheektowaga, Alden) were among the county officials touring Ralph Wilson Stadium last week to view the planned improvements and renovations to the stadium.

            Members of the Erie County Legislature Democratic Majority were among the elected officials who toured Ralph Wilson Stadium and toured the facilities with Buffalo Bills officials and project architects Thursday, January 17.

            County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, County Legislature Chairperson Betty Jean Grant (D-Buffalo) and many members of the County Legislature joined Bills officials for a tour of Ralph Wilson Stadium and a presentation of the Populous study covering stadium renovations and improvements.

            “The proposed renovations and improvements are a quality, worthwhile project that we are glad will improve the spectator experience at Ralph Wilson Stadium.” Chairperson Grant said. “The Bills fans and county residents deserve to have a first-class facility while remaining cost effective.”

             Among the Populous staff conducting the tour and presenting the stadium improvements and renovations was former Buffalo Bills linebacker Scott Radecic, senior principal/senior architect for the company.

             “As a season ticket holder for the Buffalo Bills, I am ecstatic about this agreement,” Legislator Terrence D. McCracken (D-Lancaster, Depew, South Cheektowaga, Alden) said. “It’s a win-win for everyone involved and it’s fair to county taxpayers.”

             “I believe the lease agreement and proposed renovations to Ralph Wilson Stadium will be a good short-term fix addressing fan safety and enhancing the fan experience. I would like to thank the Buffalo Bills organization for the tour of the facilities today,” Legislator Timothy R. Hogues (D-Buffalo) said. “However, my major focus long term is a multi-use dome stadium in downtown Buffalo, which will allow year-round usage that will spur economic development in the region.  I feel we need to take a good, hard look at the proposal of the Greater Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Complex.”           

            Also present for the tour were County Legislators Lynn M. Marinelli (D-Buffalo, Tonawanda) and Thomas A. Loughran (D-Amherst). The County Legislature is scheduled to vote on the lease/renovation agreement at its 2 p.m. Thursday, January 24, session.