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SUPPORT FOR NEW ASTROS STADIUM HITS AIRWAVES
Published October 8, 1996
The first TV ad aired Monday in support of a proposal to spend more than $450M for a new Astros stadium and Astrodome renovations, according to Armando Villafranca of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. The 30-second spot for Proposition One on the November 5 ballot tells viewers that "costs will fall on team owners, private business, fans and tax on car rentals." Houston Mayor Bob Lanier, who is shown seated behind his desk, says, "No property tax, no general sales tax, teams must sign 30-year leases. I think it's a good play." Villafranca writes Harris County Citizens for Proposition One has spent $150,000 to air the ads through mid-October, and the group's "goal" is to raise $750,000 and to air "several more" TV spots, including a Spanish- language version. Villafranca notes one spot "being considered" will show new stadiums built in other cities with voter support. In addition, former Astros pitcher Nolan Ryan is being considered for an ad (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 10/7).