Unable to persuade Sacramento State to upgrade Hornet Stadium to something approaching CFL standards, Anderson tried to build a new stadium, but those plans fizzled. Neither of the other two stadiums in the Sacramento area, Toomey Field and Charles C. Hughes Stadium, offered anything significantly better; like Hornet Stadium, they were both inadequate even for temporary use. The failure of the Las Vegas Posse after only one season left the Gold Miners once again isolated from the rest of the league. Faced with an inadequate stadium and an unsustainable travel situation, Anderson reluctantly opted to move the team to San Antonio as the Texans. The move brought the Texans closer to the league’s three Southern teams–the Birmingham Barracudas, Memphis Mad Dogs and Shreveport Pirates.
However, only two months after the Grey Cup, the Mad Dogs and Pirates had both folded. The Barracudas were about to be euthanized as well, as there was no prospect of the CFL approving their proposed sale and relocation to Shreveport. Speros was seriously considering moving his team to Montreal, in response to pressure from the league office. Anderson was not enamored at the prospect of being the only American owner in the CFL once again. He believed that the league needed at least three more American teams for the Texans to be viable in the long term. However, he was willing to play another season in San Antonio provided the Stallions stuck to their initial plan to move to Houston.
On February 3, 1996, the Stallions received formal approval to move to Montreal (they later reconstituted themselves as the third incarnation of the Montreal Alouettes) and the Texans were shuttered along with the Mad Dogs, Pirates and Barracudas. Anderson had little choice but to accept the euthanization of his team; earlier he had stated that he’d lost $6 million in 1995–far too much to make it worth the effort to go it alone. With the Stallions’ move to Montreal, his nearest opponent would have been in Hamilton, over 1,400 miles away. With the Stallions opting to move to Montreal, there was no longer a viable place for Anderson to relocate had he decided to follow the Stallions’ example. Although several other markets in Canada had expressed interest in joining the CFL, none had a stadium at the time that was suitable even for temporary use.
The San Antonio Texans were a Canadian Football League (CFL) team that played in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, in the 1995 CFL season. They had relocated from Sacramento, California, where the team had been called the Sacramento Gold Miners.
Sacramento – San Antonio
1993 – 1995 / Canadian Football League
1995 / San Antonio Texans
1993 – 1994 / Sacramento Gold Miners
Texans – After the move from Sacramento, the franchise adopted the San Antonio Texans moniker. The Texan nickname has been used in the state of Texas several times – 4 other times to be exact, here is the list of former Texans nicknames Houston / NFL, Houston / WFL, Dallas / NFL, and Dallas / AFL.
Grey Cup 0
1995 / Alamodome
1993 – 1994 / Hornet Stadium
1993 – 1995 / Fred Anderson
*Blue is this team’s history