Delaware North Hits Home Run

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM EDT

By James Fink, Business First

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Delaware North Hits Home Run

December 19, 2012 Updated Dec 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM EDT


The Texas Rangers have signed a long-term contract with Buffalo's Delaware North Cos. Sportservice for continuation of food, beverage and retail operations at the Ballpark in Arlington.

The deal is an extension of a current pact, which still had two years remaining. Terms were not disclosed.

Delaware North Sportservice has been providing the food and beverage operations at the baseball park since it opened in 1994 and added the retail sales component this year.

"The Rangers have been a terrific partner right from the start," said Rick Abramson, Sportservice president.

Following more than $11.5 million of upgrades made at the ballpark this year, Sportservice will be making more renovations to the stadium this off season including the addition of a third row of home-plate seats, revamping the private club and concessions area behind home plate, a new retail outlet and building more concession outlets in the main concourse.

All of the work should be done by the Ranger's April 5 home opener.

"Sportservice has proven its ability to make the game-day experience a memorable one for our fans," said Rick George, Rangers' chief operating officer.

This past year, Delaware North drew international attention for creating two foot-long hot dogs and bratwursts that it sold in Arlington.

The Ballpark at Arlington is one of more than 50 sports venues, convention centers or entertainment complexes where Sportservice provides either food, beverage or retail operations.

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