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Uber has big backer, partner in Pegulas and their teams

Late last year, Terry and Kim Pegula urged Albany lawmakers to bring Uber to Buffalo. Approval came earlier this month, and the ride-sharing service will be on Western New York streets this summer.

The Pegula-owned Bills and Sabres quickly hitched a ride, making Uber an official partner.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled that Uber is coming to our community,” Russ Brandon, president of Pegula Sports and Entertainment, said Wednesday. “It’s going to benefit all the citizens of Western New York.

“Obviously, as an individual that is involved with a couple sports franchises, it will have a massive impact with Sabres games and Bills games. I’m a frequent user on the road, and it’s been a really rewarding experience.”

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There will be Uber pickup and drop-off zones outside New Era Field, KeyBank Center and HarborCenter. Uber is working with the Bills and Sabres to become integrated in the One Buffalo app.

“We are the only NFL franchise that until a few weeks ago did not have Uber in its community,” said Brandon, who says the service will benefit locals and visitors attending Buffalo events. “You look at the NCAA Tournaments and the world juniors coming up and all the different events that we have and that we’re committed to moving forward, it’s just another opportunity for people to be able to move along our community in a seamless and safe way.

“It’s not against anything that was done previously here, it’s just an additive to the experience that people have in our area.”

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