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HOUSTONERS GO TO THE POLLS TO DECIDE ON STADIUM REFERENDUM
Published November 5, 1996
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).