MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Sept. 27, 2010) - Target Center and Delaware North Companies Sportservice – one of the nation’s leading food, beverage and retail management companies – today announced a seven-year partnership. 

Under the terms of this new agreement between Sportservice and arena manager AEG Management, TWN, LLC, Sportservice will oversee general concessions services for the Minneapolis arena. Target Center is owned by the City of Minneapolis.

“AEG is extremely excited to announce our partnership in Minneapolis with Delaware North Companies Sportservice,” said Steve Mattson, VP/general manager of Target Center. “They have an excellent reputation in our industry for providing quality food and beverage options while delivering outstanding customer service.”

In addition, Sportservice will make an investment to enhance concessions operations at the arena. State-of-the-art concessions equipment, appealing stand designs, new product offerings and upgraded guest amenities are all part of the investment plan to be developed in partnership with AEG and the City of Minneapolis.

“Delaware North Companies is honored to join AEG/Target Center and the City of Minneapolis as partners,” said Rick Abramson, president of Delaware North Companies Sportservice.

“Minneapolis is a fantastic food city, and we are excited about having the opportunity to showcase new and exciting menu items that are exclusive to Target Center. We will be bringing an incredible event-day experience to Target Center as we have helped bring to Target Field and the Twin Cities,” Abramson said.

Jeff Johnson, executive director of the Minneapolis Convention Center and City liaison to AEG/Target Center, stated: “The selection of Delaware North Companies Sportservice starts the next phase of a renewed guest experience at Target Center. We believe that this partnership will bring much of the same excitement, creativity and commitment to our community that Sportservice has brought to Target Field. The City of Minneapolis is pleased to see Target Center continue to move forward in a positive direction.”

Sportservice will take over the general concessions operations on Friday, Oct. 1, 2010.  The remodeling and upgrading of concession stands and concession menus is expected to begin in November and will be ongoing throughout the Timberwolves season.

“The timing of this partnership couldn’t be better. Target Center will celebrate its 20-year anniversary in October. Over the next few months, arena management will work closely with Delaware North Companies Sportservice and the City of Minneapolis to begin to reinvent the entertainment experience for our fans,” added Steve Mattson.

About AEG Facilities

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world.  AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with 100 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, and works in concert with affiliated AEG entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Development to support the success of AEG venues across the globe.  AEG owns, operates or provides services to venues including STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), Nokia Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles, Calif.), Citizens Business Bank Arena (Ontario, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), The Rose Garden (Portland, Ore.), KeyArena (Seattle, Wash.), KFC YUM! Center (Louisville, Ky.), Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.), American Airlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), AT&T Center (San Antonio, Tx.), Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, N.C.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), Wukesong Arena (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), O2 World (Berlin, Germany), O2 World Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Pernambuco Stadium (Recife, Brazil), Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia), Globe Arenas (Stockholm, Sweden) and the Qatar National Convention Centre (Doha, Qatar).  For more information, please visit www.aegworldwide.com.


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’s and Major League Baseball's All-Star games, the 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 healthier food selections and creative cuisine to twists on traditional fare and new organic options, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience.


About Delaware North Companies

Delaware North Companies is one of the world’s leading hospitality and food service providers. 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 is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 50,000 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.


Glen White
Manager-Corp. Comm
Email: GAWhite@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5753
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