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THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE ARTIFICIAL TURF
Published September 11, 1995
Yesterday's Oilers-Steelers game at the Astrodome was the first since a preseason game last month was cancelled due to poor field conditions, and also the first since Oilers Owner Bud Adams began negotiating to move the team to Nashville. According to the HOUSTON CHRONICLE, Oilers fans had signs at the game imploring Adams to keep the team in town. Among the signs were "Keep the Oilers in Houston," and "Welcome to Your HOME, Oilers." Some vented when Astros Owner/Astrodome landlord Drayton McLane inspected the field pre-game. Fans cheered McLane with some yelling, "Buy the Oilers!" (John Lopez, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 9/11). FROM NASHVILLE: Two downtown sites are "on the inside track" to become the location of Nashville's proposed stadium, according to the Nashville TENNESSEAN. Bill Carey writes that real estate experts favor downtown because of the "existing infrastructure" and the potential economic impact (Nashville TENNESSEAN, 9/9). CFL Memphis Mad Dogs Managing Partner & Coach Pepper Rodgers has declined to let the Oilers play in his team's home, the Liberty Bowl, should they move to TN (Jeff Legwold, Nashville, TENNESSEAN, 9/9).