Maryland Stadium Authority Chairman Frederick W. Puddester elevated Donald C. Fry, longtime commission member and President and CEO of the Greater Baltimore Committee, as the new chairman of the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Commission. Fry will replace Paul A. Tiburzi, who recently stepped down.
In accepting Tiburzi’s resignation, Puddester expressed his thanks and noted "Paul's enthusiasm for sports is legendary, and his efforts to promote Baltimore and Camden Yards unparalleled. I have benefitted greatly from his advice over the past year, and the success of events at the complex over the last year is due in large measure to his efforts."
In appointing Fry as his successor, Puddester cited his tireless support of the Baltimore region, great love of sports, and belief in sporting events and activities as an economic catalyst.
"Don has been supportive of Camden Yards since his days in the legislature," noted Puddester, the one time Maryland budget director. "He understands the economic impact of world class events held at our stadium complex."
Puddester also addressed the ongoing role of the commission in his letter to members, notifying them of Fry’s appointment.
"The work of the Commission continues," he wrote. "We have Navy-Norte Dame and the Baltimore Marathon this fall, and lacrosse tournaments and Dew Tour next spring. We need continued support to help promote these, and hopefully other, events at Camden Yards."
The Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment commission consists of State and City economic development officials, members of the hospitality, media, and corporate sectors, and representatives of the Orioles, Ravens and Stadium Authority.
Their mission is to promote community, media, and corporate support for activities at the Complex through ticket sales and event sponsorships.
"I am honored to have been asked to chair the Camden Yards Sports and Entertainment Commission, " Fry said in accepting the chairmanship. "Considerable strides have been made to promote the Camden Yards facilities under the leadership of Fred Puddester and Paul Tiburzi."
"I look forward to working with the Commission to bring world class sports and entertainment activities to Baltimore and to realize the true potential of Camden Yards and the economic impact that it can generate for the citizens of the city, region and state."