It was July 1988 and the Major League Baseball season was in full swing at Milwaukee County Stadium, the since-demolished home of the Milwaukee Brewers.
For more than 20 years at the time, Delaware North Sportservice kept the venue’s fans well-fed and supplied with the latest souvenirs and retail items. In the July 1988 edition of NorthWord, Delaware North’s former internal communications magazine, the editorial staff took an in-depth look at the Milwaukee County Stadium operation and featured one of the company’s rising stars: Concessions Manager Tim Stib – today a regional vice president.
“Today, Concessions Manager Tim Stib oversees a staff of about 650,” the article said. “Sportservice operates about 30 permanent stands throughout the park as well as portable units, pushcarts, a popcorn wagon and complete catering services for those who want to hold special celebrations before games.
“Groups range in size from 12 to 3,000. Sometimes there are more than half a dozen parties before the first pitch, scattered among the indoor and outdoor facilities. And of course, a game wouldn’t be a game without vendors in the stands, hawking cold beer, hot dogs and the other necessities of sport-watching.”
Stib could have taken an entirely different career path, based on his collegiate focus.
“The 28-year-old Stib brings a degree in accounting from the University of Wisconsin to his job,” the article said. “His is a classic Sportservice story: He began working at the stadium while in college in 1981, operating the catering department. After graduation, he didn’t give a thought to a Big Eight accounting firm. Instead, he stayed in the big leagues. He went to Chicago Stadium as an assistant manager for Sportservice, then returned to his hometown slightly over a year ago to take over the concessions business.”
For Stib, it was all about the business of ballparks.
“It goes without saying I’d rather be in this environment than in an office working nine to five,” Stib said from his former office, deep within the old stadium. “It’s such a unique business. Every day you walk in and there’s something new to consider. You’re constantly dealing with personnel, the owners of the team, the county, which owns the stadium, and vendors to order food. You’re working with the fans.”
Delaware North Sportservice today serves fans at Milwaukee’s Miller Park.