Posted on August 8, 2010 at 3:36 PM
Sunday, Aug 8 at 6:29 PM
WASHINGTON, DC. - WWL-TV Sports Director Jim Henderson remembered Dave Dixon as a visionary without whom the New Orleans sports scene might be a very different one.
“I don’t know where the Superdome would be, or New Orleans would be or the Saints would be without him,” Henderson said Sunday from Washington, D.C. as he awaited the team’s visit with President Obama.
Without an NFL team and an, at the time, state-of-the-art stadium, the city might not have played host to so many Super Bowls, Final Fours and major concerts. The fact that the Superdome will play host to another Super Bowl in 2013 is testament to the fact that a bold idea then has stood the test of time.
However, not everyone was fond of the Superdome concept. Cost overruns had some worried that it might not be a good idea.
“Dave was always a dreamer, and none of his dreams were small,” said Henderson. “Dave saw things in the future that others didn’t.”
The Superdome helped transform Poydras Street into a major area of commerce and has become a modern symbol of the city.
“I can’t imagine the New Orleans skyline without the Superdome being part of it,” said Henderson.
Dixon enjoyed the Saints immensely and Henderson said it was perhaps appropriate that he got to see a franchise he helped bring to the city, finally win a championship.