Originally Posted by Vinny
Drayton was an opportunist and used the Oilers leaving as leverage. Mayor Lanier was the ***** that drove the team out moreso than the fans. We filled that stadium year after year till Bud started telling us he was out of here.
Without being able to accurately quote the details (and being unable to find anything useful after a quick google search), there was a study that came out around the time of the proposed Bud Dome that indicated the attendance in the Dome for some number of previous seasons (maybe 5, although again I'm not sure) was in the 98% of capacity area. One of the reasons for the perceived lack of fan support was that while the games sold out frequently, it was sometimes after the NFL's 48-hour deadline, and thus the television broadcasts were blacked-out in the Houston viewing area.