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BUD ADAMS WILL NOT PUSH FOR NEW STADIUM FOR OILERS
Published September 30, 1994
Oilers owner Bud Adams said he is "halting all efforts to promote" a downtown domed stadium." Managers of the Astrodome said they hope Adams now begins negotiations on a new contract effective when the Oilers' 10-year lease expires after '97-98, possibly leading to a $95M expansion of the Astrodome. The possibility also "looms that Adams will threaten to move his team to another city desperately seeking an NFL franchise" -- such as St. Louis, Baltimore, San Antonio or Hartford. Meanwhile, Rockets management said "they have not wavered" from plans to seek a smaller arena that could house basketball and hockey. Houston Mayor Bob Lanier said he had been expecting for several days that Adams would "call it quits" because Adams never generated support from Rockets owner Les Alexander, downtown interests or the public (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/30).