November 17, 1995 |
The city of Nashville on Thursday signed an agreement that could make the Music City home to the Houston Oilers by 1998, with the team possibly playing in Memphis for the next two seasons. Nashville officials signed a 50-page document laying out the $292-million deal that could have the Oilers playing in Tennessee by next fall. The city is required to help find an interim stadium if the Oilers buy out the two years remaining on their Astrodome lease.
November 16, 1995 |
A three-hour meeting Wednesday helped clear up the final roadblocks in a 50-page deal to relocate the Houston Oilers to Nashville, Mayor Phil Bredesen said. "We have cleared up everything. We have a deal," Bredesen said Wednesday afternoon after returning from Houston. He flew down Wednesday morning for a meeting with Oiler owner Bud Adams. Bredesen said the two made only "lawyerly" changes in the 50-page agreement. Adams followed Bredesen to Nashville in his own jet.
June 18, 1997 |
In a sweeping plan that would bring the NHL back to two cities, introduce it to two others, guarantee seven years' labor peace and change the face of the league, the NHL's Expansion Committee recommended Tuesday the addition of four teams by 2000. It also urged realignment to two conferences, each with three five-team divisions. As outlined in the committee's report, Nashville, Tenn.
May 4, 1996 |
It is a jarring sight: a futuristic-looking arena jutting up in the heart of Nashville, in the middle of what used to be a seedy honky-tonk row. The $120-million indoor facility is credited with transforming downtown, spurring $44 million in additional investment that has already made the area a tourist mecca before the arena is even finished. Still, after several years of trying, the city has not found a professional hockey or basketball team to play in the arena.