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CONCRETE STADIUM PLAN COULD LAND HOUSTON A NEW NFL TEAM
Published April 23, 1996
According to NFL Dir of Communications Greg Aiello, Houston is not in line to get a replacement NFL franchise any time soon, but if the city can devise a concrete plan to renovate the Astrodome or build a new arena, it likely will get another team in several years. John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE reports this announcement comes after NFL President Neil Austrian and VP Roger Goodell met with Harris County Judge Robert Eckels and Padres Owner John Jay Moores, who is pushing to land an expansion franchise in Houston. Aiello said that Houston will not receive a team-before-'99 guarantee like Cleveland's because that city already had voters' approval for $175M to be spent on a new stadium. According to Eckels, both renovation of the Astrodome and building a new facility would cost roughly $200M. Also, if the Astrodome is renovated for football, a new stadium will have to be built for the Astros (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 4/22).