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Amway Center Sticks With Levy

A fan uses a VenueNext kiosk at an Amway Center concessions stand. (Courtesy Amway Center) Concessionaire will put $5M into upgrades as part of 10-year deal Amway Center has signed a 10-year extension with Levy, the arena’s concessionaire. As part of the deal, Levy is investing $5 million to upgrade food service to include VenueNext, a new mobile point-of-sale system, said Allen Johnson, chief venues officer for the city of Orlando. Levy has run the food at Amway Center since the NBA facility opened in 2010. The deal covers Camping World Stadium as well, home of two college football bowl games and the Florida Classic, a matchup between historically Black college teams, among other events.  The new point-of-sale system, which cost $500,000, takes both buildings one step further to becoming cashless as officials prepare to re-open after the pandemic shut down live entertainment. VenueNext won a competitive bid process and […]

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Eric Lindberg, Levy’s VP of Premium, Dies at 48

Eric Lindberg, right, a Levy executive for about 28 years, is pictured with regional chef Jonathan Williams at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, where the concessionaire runs the food at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Courtesy Levy) LINDBERG WAS PIVOTAL FOR EXPANDING LEVY’S PREMIUM ACCOUNTS Eric Lindberg, a sports food executive who over 30 years played a key role for building Levy into a leader in the premium dining space at arenas and stadiums, died June 20 in Florida. Lindberg, Levy’s vice president of premium out of Atlanta and responsible for developing all protocols for that piece of food service, was 48 years old. The cause of death is unknown. His death shocked colleagues across the sports and entertainment industry. Today would have been his 28-year anniversary with Levy, said Alison Weber, the company’s chief creative officer. “We are devastated at the sudden loss of one of our most caring and talented Levy […]

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Chiefs Stick With Two Concessionaires

There’s a possibility that a big chunk of the 2020 NFL season could be played in empty venues, but one thing is clear: The Kansas City Chiefs are sticking with two concessionaires at Arrowhead Stadium.

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Venue Concessionaires Donate Tons of Food

Delaware North knows of at least 13,000 pounds of goods donated to food pantries and food banks. (Courtesy Delaware North) ‘We were stocked up. … We had the ability to respond quickly.’ Over 3 tons of vegetables, fruits and dairy products went from the Delaware North Sportservice kitchens of Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena into the donation stream of the local community. Just a little less than that left Portland’s Moda Center, while more than 3 tons was spread across Los Angeles from Levy kitchens at Staples Center and a whopping 6 tons from State Farm Arena in Atlanta. As venues shuttered in response to changes forced by COVID-19, many chefs and concessions companies were left with stockpiles of food brought in to handle planned events.  “We were stocked up and ready for the spring opener for baseball to hockey, basketball and other events,” said Deb Friedel, director of sustainability for […]

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Levy takes over Carolina Panthers’ food service

Levy replaces Delaware North Sportservice as the food provider at 24-year-old Bank of America Stadium. (Don Muret/Staff) Levy adds fourth Charlotte sports venue to its portfolio Bank of America Stadium is going through major upgrades to accommodate the Carolina Panthers and an MLS expansion team. The teams’ newest move has Levy taking over the venue’s food service. Chicago-based Levy replaces Delaware North Sportservice, which ran the NFL team’s food and retail for the past 10 seasons. Legends and Fanatics are competing for the stadium’s merchandise operation, sources said, but at this point, it’s unclear which company will manage that piece of the business. Rick Abramson, Delaware North’s chief customer officer, confirmed the switch in food vendors. Abramson was principally involved in Sportservice signing its agreement in early 2010 with the Panthers under their old owner, Jerry Richardson. David Tepper acquired the Panthers in July 2018.  Panthers President Tom Glick did not return […]

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Niners to Include Food and Drink in Most Season Tickets

The Member Inclusive program will cover favorites such as chicken tenders and nachos for season-ticket holders. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers) Change, to take effect next season, marks a first for sports concessions The San Francisco 49ers, in a bold move that could potentially trigger a major shift in the sports concessions model, will fold the cost of food and drink into most season tickets next year at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The move affects 60,000 seats at the 68,500-seat facility. The program excludes the 174 suites at Levi’s Stadium and single-game tickets, plus season tickets resold through the secondary market.  Levy runs the stadium’s food service. Season-ticket holders are being notified of the move today by email. On average, season tickets for 2020 will go up in price about $20 for every seat per game to cover the cost of food and drink, said Alex Chang, the 49ers’ chief […]

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Chefs Pop Up for Dodgers’ Series

Jenee Kim, Andrew Ahn, Danny Trejo, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken. (Courtesy Levy) Levy leans on experience at Wrigley for new ballpark offering The local dining trend has come to major sports vLenues in three waves, said Alison Weber, Levy’s chief creative officer. First came the concept of creating locally themed menus and then the realization of inviting local chefs and restaurant brands into the venue. Now, though, we’re seeing wave three: turning venues into local food influencers. Dodger Stadium, historic home of the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball, serves as the latest example with its Chef Series effort this summer, inviting four local well-known chefs to create pop-up dining experiences, each for less than a week, in the same vein as we’ve already seen from another Levy-run venue: Chicago’s Wrigley Field.  “It is no longer enough to simply say ‘Favorite Local Restaurant will serve our fans,’” Weber said. […]

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Arrowhead Stadium Getting Foolish Lounge

The Kansas City Chiefs will sell seasonlong Foolish Lounge memberships for $155 a game. (Courtesy Kansas City Chiefs) Kansas City Chiefs create new all-inclusive ticket package The Kansas City Chiefs have carved out space on Arrowhead Stadium’s club level to create the Foolish Lounge, a new all-inclusive ticket package for the 2019 NFL season. The redeveloped indoor space is part of the existing Foolish Club in the stadium’s east end zone. The name of both premium areas comes from a phrase describing owners of the eight original teams in the American Football League, where the Chiefs first played. That group of eight includes the late Lamar Hunt, whose family owns the Chiefs. There are two 80-person rooms tied to the Foolish Lounge. Sports architect Populous designed the spaces in tandem with Levy, the Chiefs’ premium food provider. The layout includes some high-top seating, a buffet meal, big-screen televisions and views […]

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Timbers, Thorns Launch Hospitality Brand

Park Provisions, created with Levy, will make debut for Providence Park’s reopening When Providence Park reopens June 1 for the Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns after an $85 million renovation, the soccer clubs will also introduce their new hospitality brand. In collaboration with Levy, the second-year concessionaire at the downtown stadium, Major League Soccer’s Timbers and the National Women’s Soccer League’s Thorns completely revamped the way they deliver concessions by creating a localized brand and upgrading services, all under the Park Provisions brand. The clubs are announcing the new brand Monday. “It was an appropriate time with the transformational change at the stadium,” said Mike Golub, president of business for the Timbers and Thorns. “We worked hard at finding a brand we felt was consistent with the club and the city and arrived on Park Provisions. Fans will see a number of things, the look and feel, speed of service […]

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