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TEXANS OWNER AMAZED BY FIRST GAME IN RELIANT STADIUM

McNair soaks in team's first game under home lights

 

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(Houston-AP) - Five years and more than one billion in private

and public money later -- Houston Texans founder Bob McNair basked

in the glow of his team competing on its new home turf for the

first time today.

McNair spent 700 (M) million dollars to win the expansion

franchise in 1999 and helped oversee construction of the 449 (M)

million dollar stadium, backed largely by hotel and car rental

taxes.

He called the 69,500-seat stadium "a good asset for the

community" that will pay for itself some day.

The major negatives of the night, confusion over parking and the

gridlocked traffic outside the stadium that caused some fans to

miss much of the first half, will be addressed by stadium and city

officials.

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