CINCINNATI (Sept. 17, 2009) -- In an effort to provide a healthy complement to traditional ballpark fare, the Reds and Sportservice have introduced a fresh fruit stand at Great American Ball Park.

Located just inside the main ballpark entrance gates at Crosley Terrace, the stand allows fans to pick from many fresh fruits including apples, bananas, oranges, peaches, pears and nectarines. Fresh fruit cups, apple chips and caramel apples are also available. Prices start at $1.50 each.

For Delaware North Companies Sportservice, which operates food and retail services at Great American Ball Park and eight other MLB ballparks, this is the first stand fully dedicated to fresh fruit

“We are very excited to partner with the Reds on this healthy addition to the menu at Great American Ball Park,” said Don Dierig, Sportservice’s general manager. “I have kids of my own, so I know many parents will appreciate having fresh fruit as another option at the ballpark.”

Earlier this season, the New York Yankees and New York Mets debuted similar fruit carts. Yankee Stadium has one cart and Citi Field has two.

“We continue to benchmark other teams and look for innovative ideas to bring to Great American Ball Park,” said Phil Castellini, Reds COO. “It’s another way to make the ballpark more fan friendly, and also an opportunity to incorporate the Findlay Market brand, which like the Reds, is iconic to Cincinnati.

The fresh fruit stand will be available at all remaining 2009 home games and for the entire 2010 season.

About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation’s leading food, beverage and retail management companies, providing concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at 50 sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice has served an impressive collection of sporting events and clients, including the World Series®, the National Hockey League® and Major League Baseball’s All-Star Games, Stanley Cup® Championships and the Olympic Games®.

Throughout its 90-year history, 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
Director-Corp. Comm
Email: GAWhite@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5753
Michael Anderson
Great American Ball Park
Office 513-765-7333

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