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Houston Oilers

Sports Team

The Oilers began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. The team won two AFL championships before joining the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger in the late 1960s. After the 1996 season, the Houston Oilers announced they would be moving to Nashville for 1997. The Oilers' new stadium would not be ready until 1999, however, and the largest stadium in Nashville at the time, Vanderbilt Stadium on the campus of Vanderbilt University, seated only 41,000--too small even for temporary use. Vanderbilt was also unwilling to allow for alcohol sales. At first, owner Bud Adams rejected Vanderbilt Stadium even as a temporary facility and announced that the renamed Tennessee Oilers would play the next two seasons at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis

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