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ALL IS NOT BIG AND BRIGHT, DEEP IN THE HEART OF TEXAS
Published August 7, 1995
Houston officials told Oilers Owner Bud Adams "no" in his attempts to get public subsidies for a $235M domed stadium in downtown Houston. Also, Astros Owner Drayton McLane "faces an uphill battle" in his efforts to have more than $95M in improvements completed on the Astrodome, and it is "unclear" whether Rockets Owner Les Alexander can "muster" support for a new arena to replace the Summit, according to John Williams in the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Former Houston Mayor Fred Hofheinz: "People in Houston are conservative by nature...They don't want to spend their own money because deep in their hearts, they believe that the Astrodome and the Summit are good places to play baseball, basketball, and football." Adams has been the most vocal of the owners and has pledged to never play in the Astrodome again after the Oilers' lease expires in '97 (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 8/5).