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Pegulas Synergizing Management Of Sabres And Bills

From Bill King of SportsBusiness Journal (and reprinted in Buffalo Business First),

Cliff Benson reached for a sheet of scratch paper, leaned forward and began sketching the resurgent south side of Buffalo's downtown.

Over here is the waterfront. There, First Niagara Center, where the Sabres play. Here is the HarborCenter, the $172 million complex that the Pegulas opened across from the arena last month, with two hockey rinks, the vast and impressive (716) Food and Sport bar, a Tim Hortons doughnut shop and, soon, a Marriott. There, about a mile and a quarter up the rail line, is a medical campus that has spurred much of the downtown rebirth. Along the way is the Class AAA baseball park, Coca-Cola Field, home of the Buffalo Bisons.

And here, snug between the arena and the ballpark …

Here is where Benson stopped drawing, tapping his pen to a blank spot and looking up.

"If the stadium is right here," said the confidant whom Terry Pegula dispatched to Buffalo to help execute his vision, not so much for the team as for the city, "then you can tie all of that together under the theory that as those assets are developed, other people will come invest.

"For Terry, this was about more than owning a hockey team, though he loves owning the hockey team. Now, it's about more than owning two teams. This is about Buffalo, and the region, and economic growth."


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