From BR Bullpen
Opened in 1975 for basketball and football, the Louisiana Superdome sought a baseball club. When Tulsa, OK failed to provide a new stadium for A. Ray Smith, who spent lots of money fixing up the old stadium, Smith moved the Tulsa Oilers to the Super Dome in 1977. There they became known as the New Orleans Pelicans. The deal was a poor one for Smith, as the per-game rental fee was $6,000 and there were no concessions or parking shares for the team. While they drew well, Smith lost lots of money. He then moved the team the next year to Springfield, IL. While it was in use for over 30 years before Hurricane Katrina, the 1977 Pelicans were the only minor league team that tried to use the Super Dome as their home, although a few major exhibition games were also played here.