Irony? Smoothie King Center roof leak coincided with major roofing convention in city

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The International Roofing Expo

If SMG, the managers of the Smoothie King Center, was looking for assistance in how to manage Wednesday night’s roof leak that caused the eventual postponement of the Pelicans’ home game against the Indiana Pacers, they didn’t have to look far.

There are only a few thousand experts in New Orleans this week.

The International Roofing Expo had more than 11,000 registrants for their Tuesday through Thursday event at the Morial Convention Center.

“The biggest, most influential trade event for the roofing construction and maintenance industry provides total coverage of the innovative equipment, suppliers, resources, information and technologies that are shaping the future of our industry,” the expo’s website says.

The event featured nearly 500 exhibiting companies, more than 1,300 booths and 44 educational sessions.

The coincidence that was the Pelicans’ leaky roof postponement wasn’t the only basketball connection to the week’s activities. The keynote speaker for the IRE was Basketball Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

The National Roofing Contractors Association also held its convention here this week in conjunction with the IRE.

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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