Doug Thornton is authorities vice chairman of stadiums for SMG, the company that manages the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Smoothie King Coronary heart for the state. Nonetheless that doesn’t inform all of it. Because the individual accountable for working the Dome – the mammoth space that has been host to Large Bowls, Essence Festivals, circuses, plenty of Closing Fours, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and the 1988 Republican Convention – Thornton not solely retains it tidy however moreover retains the long-lasting stadium aggressive so it could nicely proceed to snag primary events. For a lot of New Orleanians, a really highly effective issue Thornton did was steer the $376 million rebuilding of the Dome after 2005’s Hurricane Katrina pummeled it. On reopening day — Sept. 25, 2006 — excited followers surrounded the stadium and surged inside to cheer as a result of the Saints, having fun with their first dwelling recreation as a result of the storm, trounced the Atlanta Falcons, 23-Three, in what has transform commonly known as the “Domecoming.” Calling the game “an excellent larger event than we thought,” he said, “That is form of a Large Bowl — a Large Bowl for locals.”
The artist: Michael McManus.
The quote: “One man requested me why we might not merely must tear down the Dome because of it harbors so many harmful recollections of the storm, nevertheless we had 30 years of wonderful recollections proper right here sooner than the hurricane. It may probably be a brand for the rebuilding of New Orleans, one factor people might rally spherical.” — Doug Thornton, in a prophetic interview 11 days after Hurricane Katrina
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His precise, never-used, title is J. Douglas Thornton.
A Houston native who grew up in Shreveport, Thornton carried out contact soccer with, amongst others, Terry Bradshaw and Joe Ferguson, who went on to be expert soccer avid gamers.
Whereas having fun with quarterback for Woodlawn Extreme Faculty, Thornton tore a ligament in his knee in a recreation in the direction of Ouachita Extreme.
At McNeese State Faculty, the place Thornton carried out baseball and soccer, he re-injured his knee whereas rounding third base. After 5 operations, any hopes he would possibly want had for a career as an professional athlete had been over.
He graduated from McNeese in 1980.
Thornton, who was accountable for rebuilding the Superdome, obtained an award named for the individual accountable for conceiving it and developing it: the Dave Dixon Louisiana Sports activities actions Administration Award, which the Louisiana Sports activities actions Writers Affiliation gave him in 2007.