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OPEN-AIR STADIUM IN HOUSTON A POSSIBILITY
Published August 23, 1995
Houston Mayor Bob Lanier and Harris County Judge Robert Eckels said yesterday that local officials should consider building a new open-air football stadium or renovating Rice Stadium as a way of making sure the NFL stays -- "with or without the Oilers," according to the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Lanier believes that such a stadium would have three advantages: 1) Stop opposition from county and Astrodome USA officials, who manage the county-owned facility (those groups believe a second dome would compete with the Astrodome); 2) Cheaper than building a multi-purpose domed stadium; 3) Free the Oilers, or another NFL franchise, from playing in the Astrodome. And, although neither official would get specific on financing, Lanier mentioned a tax on game tickets, a 5% rental car tax, and the creation of a revenue-producing enterprise zone around the stadium as possibilities (John Williams, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/23).