Bills owner Ralph Wilson has made a $2.5 million donation to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, supporting a renovation project the museum is planning.
In a release issued by the Hall of Wednesday, it was announced that Wilson has made the contribution to help fund a 10,000-square-foot research and preservation center, which has been named the "Ralph Wilson, Jr. Pro Football Research and Preservation Center." The center is part of a larger project the museum is undertaking, called "Future 50," which is expected to cost nearly $27 million.
"Ralph Wilson's outstanding contributions to pro football over many decades are legendary," said Steve Perry, the president/executive director of the Hall. "His generous gift will greatly enhance our ability to preserve the Hall of Fame's rapidly growing collection of historic documents and artifacts."
After being enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 2009, Wilson stated his desire to donate something to the museum that would allow it to continue to educate fans on the history of pro football.
"Pro Football has been a major part of my life and the Pro Football Hall of Fame holds a special place in my heart since it is the institution that preserves the legacy of the sport," Wilson said. "This gift will allow the Hall of Fame to significantly improve its ability to preserve the historic documents and artifacts of the game for the benefit of current and future generations of students, researchers, historians, the National Football League, its member clubs and our fans."
According to the Hall, the center that will bear Wilson's name will include a research library and archives, a video conferencing lab designed to connect schools and students from around the country to the educational assets of the Hall of Fame, including live interaction with Hall of Fame members; a rare books room and a researcher's reading room.