The 1997 season was the Tennessee Oilers 38th season and their 28th in the NFL.
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. At first, 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
. The team would be based in Nashville, commuting to Memphis only for games--in effect, consigning the Oilers to 32 road games for the next two years. Even though this arrangement was acceptable to the NFL and the Oilers at the time, few people in either Memphis or Nashville were pleased by it. Memphis had made numerous attempts to get an NFL team, and many people in the area wanted nothing to do with a team that would be lost in only two years--especially to longtime rival Nashville. Conversely, Nashvillians showed little inclination to drive over 200 miles to see "their" team.
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