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Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum hires assistant general manager, operations manager

June 27, 2016
Mitch List

Mitch List

The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum (KCAC) has hired Mitch List as assistant general manager and Scott McKnight as operations manager.

“Welcoming two talented, experienced event professionals will help us continue to provide the highest level of service to our clients and guests,” General Manager Mary Bogert said. “We are pleased to add Mitch and Scott to our team to identify operational efficiencies and improve overall event experience.”

As assistant general manager, List supports the general manager in overseeing all aspects of KCAC.

List, who has a strong background in event services, came to KCAC from another SMG-managed property, Kansas Expocentre in Topeka, Kansas. At the Expocentre, List worked as event coordinator, was promoted to director of event services and later served as interim general manager. His broad, hands-on experience at the Expocentre will serve List well as he helps supervise the administration, operation and maintenance of the venues.

Scott McKnight

Scott McKnight

List earned his degree in sports management with a minor in business from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, in 2012. Before moving to Knoxville, List was an active member of Topeka’s Fast Forward Chapter for young professionals.

The newcomer to Knoxville is enjoying the beauty of the area and is an avid golfer.

KCAC also has hired Scott McKnight, a facilities management professional, as operations manager. In that role, he is devoted to making sure the building is clean, comfortable, well-maintained and safe for clients and patrons.

McKnight joined the KCAC following a 25-year career in facilities management for several public school districts in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. His most recent work as director of facilities and operations for Irving Independent School District included management of a $20 million budget and more than 300 employees.

In 1998, he earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas. Originally from Rome, Georgia, McKnight now resides in Sevierville.

About the Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum

The Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum is conveniently located near the junction of Interstates 75 and 40 and sits downtown near the University of Tennessee campus. The facility attracts more than 250,000 people per year through a wide array of events, including Knoxville Ice Bears hockey games and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Pops Series. The facility includes a 6,500-capacity coliseum with 22,000-square-feet of exhibit space; 2,500-capacity auditorium; 10,000-square-foot exhibit hall; 4,800-square-foot ballroom; and a natural lawn amphitheater with a capacity of 10,000.

About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers, and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing 130 accounts worldwide. For more information visit