Pegula gets standing ovation before the game
Buffalo Bills fans greeted the second owner in team history with a lengthy standing ovation and full throated chants of Terry before this afternoon game in Orchard Park against the New England Patriots.
The new era of ownership under Terry Pegula and his wife, Kim, officially kicked off today in the stadium named after the previous owner, Ralph Wilson, who died in March. NFL owners approved the Pegulas purchase of the team Wednesday, a move greeted with a giant sigh of relief by fans who worried that new ownership would move the Bills to Toronto or Los Angeles.
Before today game, Terry and Kim Pegula, their three children and his daughter from an earlier marriage walked through the tunnel onto the field for a brief ceremony marking the ownership transition. wholesale nfl jerseys from china ESPN Chris Berman narrated a video tribute to the team that was drowned out by crowd noise at the end.
The Pegulas came out wearing matching No. 1 Bills jerseys to a rousing ovation.
Terry Pegula spoke for 90 seconds, attempting at one point to end the cheering by saying, got a game today. told the sold out stadium crowd he normally hates to finish second to anyone, but he doesn mind coming second after Wilson, who owned the team from its inception in 1959.
Pegula also asked the fans to take the emotion they shown him and his family and it to your football team today.
The team asked fans to use blue or white cards left at their seats to form a message, by holding them up as instructed at the end of the ceremony. The cards spelled out Buffalo, the unifying theme for the Bills, the Sabres and the Pegulas other properties.
The Pegulas stayed at midfield and greeted the Bills as the team ran onto the field, huddling up with the players for a brief, last minute moment of inspiration before kick off.
It wasn immediately clear from where in the stadium Terry and Kim Pegula were watching the game. The four Pegula children watched much of the first half from the Bills sideline.
Before the game, the Pegulas hosted a VIP tailgating party attended by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul and Patriots owner Robert Kraft, among others.