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Harris County voters decide today on Proposition One, which, if passed, would authorize construction of a new $265M downtown baseball stadium and $200M in Astrodome renovations, according to John Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. Williams notes proponents, "who believe a large voter turnout will help their cause, are hoping for beautiful weather today." The National Weather Service predicts patchy clouds with a high near 80 degrees. If the proposition fails, "most officials believe the Astros will follow the Oilers' lead and head to a city willing to free public funds for a new ballpark" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/5). Mark Maske of the WASHINGTON POST writes that if Proposition One is defeated, Northern Virginian telecom exec William Collins III and his partners "plan" to make another attempt to purchase the Astros and move them to the Washington area (WASHINGTON POST, 11/5). Milling & Williams of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE note the debate over the referendum "got a little ugly" over the weekend with both sides "hurling verbal barbs." Mayor Bob Lanier, a supporter of Proposition One, called opponents' arguments "garbage." Radio personality Dan Patrick, an stadium opponent, called the referendum "lunacy" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/4). The CHRONICLE ran a full-page ad in Monday's sports section urging voters to vote "yes" for Proposition One (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 11/4).
DECISION DAY: Dade County voters will decide today whether an arena should be built on Biscayne Bay for the Heat. In Detroit, Wayne County voters decide on Proposition S, a referendum on county tourism taxes on hotel rooms and rental vehicles. Revenue would be appropriated to the construction of side-by-side downtown facilities for the Lions and Tigers (DETROIT NEWS, 11/5). STADIUM NOTES: In Atlanta, the Atlanta-Fulton County Recreation Authority has scheduled a special meeting today to consider the deal with TBS for a $215M downtown arena. (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 11/5)....In New York, Michael Lewis notes U.S. Soccer Federation officials say that Giants Stadium is under consideration to host a World Cup qualifying game next year (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 11/5).