CenturyLink Center proved pivotal to Omaha’s future

Omaha World Herald

By Erin Golden

Roger Dixon's first glimpse of what would become one of Omaha's biggest destinations came 12 years ago, out the back window of a taxi cruising into downtown from Eppley Airfield.

In town to interview for the top spot with the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, Dixon asked the cabdriver where the city's new arena and convention center was supposed to be built.

The people in Omaha told him they had big plans: a facility that would draw in big-name music acts and major sporting events; a clean, modern extension of downtown. It would hum with energy from hotels and shops and restaurants.

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