BUFFALO, N.Y., and LOS ANGELES (Jan. 16, 2019) – The Madison Square Garden Company has awarded Delaware North Sportservice with a contract to operate food and beverage services at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
Delaware North, which provides food and/or retail services in more than 50 sports and entertainment venues around the world, began operations at the iconic venue on Jan. 2. No stranger to Southern California, Delaware North is the food and retail partner at Petco Park in San Diego and operates food and beverage services at SDCCU Stadium. What’s more, Delaware North’s Patina Restaurant Group operates myriad fine-dining restaurants – including the award-winning Patina in Los Angeles – and has catered events such as the Emmy Awards Governors Ball.
The Forum, owned and operated by The Madison Square Garden Company, is a preeminent Southern California concert and entertainment venue that hosts more than 100 performances each year and attracts more than 1 million guests. Following a comprehensive reinvention from a sports-first venue, the Forum reopened in its current form in 2014 with six performances by the rock band The Eagles. The reimagination of the Forum created the only arena-sized venue in the country focused on music and entertainment, and today it offers something for everyone – artists, promoters, music fans, VIP customers and marketing partners.
Architecturally, the interior of the bowl was completely modernized and features flexible seating, ranging from 17,500 seats to 7,000 seats – allowing the venue to accommodate a wide variety of premier events. For patrons seated on the arena floor, there is approximately 8,000 square feet of event-level hospitality offerings, including food and beverage, merchandise and restrooms, as well as a glass wall that separates this concession area from the arena floor, ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance. The Forum also offers exclusive spaces for VIP customers, including the historic Forum Club, which has been completely reimagined with thematic music-inspired detailing.
About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915 and owned by the Jacobs family for more than 100 years, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Our 55,000 employee associates are dedicated to creating special experiences one guest at a time in serving more than a half-billion guests annually. Delaware North operates in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurant and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries and has annual revenue of about $3 billion. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at www.DelawareNorth.com.
About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences. The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York’s Madison Square Garden, The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA); two development league teams – the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and esports teams through Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American esports organization, and Knicks Gaming, MSG’s NBA 2K League franchise. In addition, the Company features the popular original production – the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes – and through Boston Calling Events, produces New England’s preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival. Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, Beauty & Essex and Vandal. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com
PHOTO CAPTION (below): Rick Merrill, VP of arena operations, The Forum, and Mark Vassar, Delaware North's general manager at The Forum, at the Forum Club before the Friday, January 11 Disturbed Forum concert.