RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and First & Goal Inc. (FGI) announced today the selection of Delaware North Companies Sportservice, a global leader in sports hospitality, as the new exclusive food and beverage services provider at CenturyLink Field, CenturyLink Field Event Center and the WaMu Theater.
Delaware North Companies Sportservice to enhance fan experience at CenturyLink Field
Under a multi-year agreement, Sportservice will manage and operate all general concessions and premium dining at the stadium, home to the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) and numerous concerts and consumer shows.
“We look forward to many new and expanded concessions offerings for our fans in the concourses, club level and suites,” said Seahawks, Sounders FC and FGI president Peter McLoughlin.
FGI and Sportservice will work together to develop new hospitality amenities and create destination spaces to allow for new food concepts and increase the number of portable concession carts throughout the facility.
“We are excited about our new partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC and the great FGI organization and are committed to bringing a new level of food and service to some of the best fans in sports,” said Rick Abramson, president of Delaware North Companies Sportservice. “Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have an incredible food culture with amazing tastes. As one of the oldest and most respected names in sports food service and hospitality, we are looking forward to improving the overall fan experience with great guest service, innovative cuisine and new menu items bringing that special local flavor to CenturyLink Field.”
The company will take over operations at the stadium in early 2013 in preparation for the upcoming Sounders FC season. At that time Sportservice will also begin operating the event center and theater.
Sportservice has developed a strong reputation in the industry for its culinary expertise and innovative concessions concepts. The company’s chefs are mentored by Delaware North Corporate Chef Roland Henin, a highly regarded certified master chef who also happens to be a Seattle resident.
In addition, the company’s customer service program, GuestPath®, is highly regarded by the teams with which it works, as is its environmental management program, GreenPath®.
Sportservice, part of global hospitality and food service leader Delaware North Companies, is the oldest name in sports hospitality, founded in 1915 in Buffalo, N.Y., when the three young Jacobs brothers began selling concessions at theaters and minor league baseball parks.
Today, through its family of companies, Delaware North Companies manages and provides food and beverage concessions, premium dining, entertainment, lodging, and retail at many large venues and special places. These include sports stadiums, entertainment complexes, national parks, airports, and casinos. Among those locations is Kalaloch Lodge at Olympic National Park in Washington, Yosemite National Park in California and Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia.
Sportservice operates at more than 50 sporting and entertainment venues, including 26 in major professional sports for 28 different franchises. In the NFL, Sportservice operates food and beverage services for the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants, and New York Jets. In the MLS, Sportservice operates food and beverage services for the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City.
Delaware North Companies also operates food and beverage services at some of the premier sports venues in the world outside of the United States, including Wembley Stadium in London and two other top stadiums in the United Kingdom, plus the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament at Melbourne and Olympic Parks in Australia.