Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News spoke with Mara at the NFL owners meetings and the Giants owner thinks that a new stadium is for the best interests of the franchise.
“It gets tougher and tougher to compete when all these new stadiums are going up and” the Bills are “going to be at a disadvantage, I think, somewhat competitively unless they get one,” Mara said. “We’d all like to see them get a new building.”
Mara added that a new stadium doesn't need to be rushed and noted that he's been in much worse stadiums.
“I don’t think it’s urgent like it has to happen tomorrow,” Mara said. “But I think, for the long-term best interests of that franchise, they need to be in a new building. Listen, we’ve been in much worse stadiums, believe me. And they still have great fan support. But there’s a growing disparity in income between the top quartile teams and the bottom quartile teams, and that’s something we have to be conscious of. And a new stadium would help them a great deal.”
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones also spoke to Carucci about a new stadium and the Pegulas.
“They walked in the room as one of the best owners in the NFL; I’d say top five,” Jones said. “And so once they assess it with a season or two, look at it, if there is any issue there, they won’t need (the rest of the league’s) ownership to tell them about it.”
Jones also told Carucci that was he impressed with how well Ralph Wilson Stadium was maintained and didn't see a new stadium as a necessity at this time.
Regardless of what other owners believe, the Bills will have to at least revisit the thought of a new stadium in the next few years.
Carucci's entire article can be read here: NFL executives say Bills should get moving on new stadiumnull