Russell W. Bogda (October 15, 1911 – February 22, 1958) was an American automotive dealer and executive officer of the Green Bay Packers. From 1953 to 1957, he served as the sixth president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., the non-profit organization that owns the Packers. During his presidency, the Packers secured funding and built New City Stadium, which would be renamed in 1965 to Lambeau Field. Although the Packers under Bogda saw little on-field success, the construction of a new stadium helped the organization stay financially competitive and remain in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Bogda died at the age of 46 on February 22, 1958 of lung cancer.
Bogda was a Green Bay businessman who served in various roles, including as president, for the Bogda Motor Company. He also was on the national planning council of the Chevrolet division of General Motors for two years and was the former president of the Chevrolet Dealers Association of Wisconsin.
Green Bay Packers
Bogda was elected to the Packers board of directors in 1946. He was then elected president in 1953 after Emil R. Fischer—the Packers fifth president—retired to become chairman of the board. He served as president for five years from 1953 to 1957. The Packers had little on-field success under Bogda, with 1955 being the only season the team did not have a losing record. During his tenure, Bogda oversaw a large reorganization of the team's administration, increased the financial security of the organization, and assisted with the introduction of television within football. However, Bogda's primary contribution during his tenure was securing funding and constructing a new stadium for the team.
The Packers had been playing at City Stadium since 1925, but by the 1950s the facility was considered by the National Football League (NFL) to be inadequate. There were discussions from league officials about forcing the Packers to move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where a better stadium was available, or even for the team to be moved out-of-state. However, Bogda, the Packers' board of directors, and prominent civic leaders advocated for a public referendum on a city-led bond issuance to finance a 32,000 seat stadium at a cost of about $1,000,000. The stadium, which was originally called New City Stadium, was the first facility designed and built solely for an NFL franchise. The stadium was opened in 1957 with Bogda in attendance for the dedication ceremonies. After being reelected in March, Bogda attempted to resign his position in December 1957 due to poor health. The Board initially declined to accept his resignation, but finally relented after naming Dominic Olejniczak as acting president. Olejniczak was ultimately elected as the next president of the Packers. In 1965, after the death of Curly Lambeau, New City Stadium was renamed to Lambeau Field. As of 2019, the Packers still play at Lambeau Field, which has been expanded at least nine times to increase the stadium's capacity to over 81,000 seats. Even though the Packers saw little success on the field during his tenure as president, Bogda was praised for his hard work, support of the team, and success in keeping the Packers in Green Bay.
Bogda was married once and had two children: Russell Jr. and Julie Lynn. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and was ill for over a year. He died at the age of 46 on February 22, 1958.
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