Loris Smith Dies
Longtime facilities exec Loris Francis Smith, 70, a key figure in the development of the arenas and stadium business, died of emphysema in Newton, N.J., September 22nd.
Before his 1998 retirement, Smith was chief operating officer of Ogden Entertainment in New York City.
Prior to that, he served as executive VP at
The Minot, N.D., native was the first manager of Bismarck Civic Center – taking the job before all the bugs were worked out of the new building back in 1969. He moved on to manage the Coliseum in New Haven, Conn.