Global hospitality company and the Rangers have steadily upgraded facility and services to fans
BUFFALO, N.Y. and ARLINGTON, Texas (Dec. 18, 2012)
– Delaware North Companies Sportservice
, a global leader in sports hospitality, and the Texas Rangers have agreed to a long-term contract extension at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Sportservice has served as the Rangers’ food and beverage provider since the ballpark opened in 1994, and took on retail services in 2012.
The previous contract had two years remaining.
“The Rangers have been a terrific partner right from the start,” said Sportservice President Rick Abramson. “The organization is first-class, from head-to-toe, and under the leadership of team president Nolan Ryan and COO Rick George, it will remain that way. We have been a partner with the Rangers since the ballpark opened in 1994 and are proud to say that we will be there into the foreseeable future.”
“Sportservice has proven its ability to make the game-day experience a memorable one for our fans,” said Rangers Chief Operating Officer Rick George. “We are excited that we will be working with the terrific team that Rick Abramson has assembled at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington for many years to come.”
Significant capital investments have been made to the ballpark during recent years – a theme that’s continuing into 2013. This year’s work – expected to be ready for Opening Day, April 5, 2013 – includes the addition of a third row of home-plate seats, extensive renovations and upgrades to the private club and concessions areas behind home plate, deeper dugouts and field-camera bays, a new retail store, and additional concession outlets on the main concourse.
A complete renovation of Vandergriff Plaza and much of the centerfield office building’s first floor took place in 2012 – highlighted by the construction of the 150-seat Batter's Eye Club, a Rangers-themed party suite that has an inclusive buffet; Captain Morgan Club, a 300-seat eatery with a variety of a la carte items; an indoor kid's zone located in a conditioned space; and additional concession stands. Additionally, the visitors’ bullpen was reconfigured, along with the neighboring bleacher seating. The ballpark upgrades totaled $11.5 million, encompassing more than 55,000 square feet.
“We have strived to bring Rangers fans some of the most creative and tasty ballpark fare,” said Shawn Mattox, general manager for Sportservice at the ballpark. “Last year, I thought our culinary team really took it to the next level with menu items such as the Boomstick [a 2-foot-long hot dog named after Nelson Cruz], the Great Bratbino [a 2-foot-long bratwurst named after Josh Hamilton] and all of our Rangers-themed playoff food. Knowing that we are here long-term is great news, because we are just getting started.”
About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation’s leading food, beverage and retail management companies. Sportservice provides concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice is the provider of choice for an impressive client roster, including the World Series, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball’s All-Star games, Stanley Cup Championships and the Olympic Games. For more than 90 years, Sportservice has demonstrated that it knows what it takes to effectively develop, operate and manage multi-faceted kitchens, restaurants, suites, fine dining and retail facilities in order to meet the changing demands of today’s fans. From introducing new healthy, organic food selections and creative cuisine for twists on the traditional fare, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the largest and most admired privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.6 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com