Delaware North Inks another Deal

December 20, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2012 at 8:49 AM EDT

By James Fink, Business First

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Delaware North Inks another Deal

December 20, 2012 Updated Dec 20, 2012 at 8:49 AM EDT

Delaware North Cos. Sportservice has added CenturyLink Field and two adjoining properties in Seattle.

Under a multi-year agreement, Delaware North Cos. Sportservice will be the exclusive food and beverage provider for CenturyLink Field - home of the Seattle Seahawks - as well as CenturyLink Field Event Center and the WaMu Theater. Sportservice will manage and operate all general concessions and premium dining in the stadium. Besides the Seahawks, the stadium is the home base for the Seattle Sounders FC of soccer's MLS league. It also hosts concerts and consumer shows.

The deal marks the first time Sportservice has worked with the Seahawks organization.

Sportservice, as part of the deal, will be making several improvements to the concession operations in each of the venues. Also on tap is bringing more food offerings.

"We are excited about our new partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC and the great FGI organization and are committed to bringing a new level of food and service to some of the best fans in sports," said Rick Abramson, Delaware North Cos. Sportservice president. "Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have an incredible food culture with amazing tastes."

Sportservice will take over operations at the stadium in early 2013 in preparation for the upcoming Sounders FC season. At that time Sportservice will also begin operating the event center and theater.

The deal is the second major one secured by Sportservice in recent days. The company also landed an extension to its existing contract at the Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers baseball team.

Sportservice operates at more than 50 sporting and entertainment venues, including 26 in major professional sports for 28 different franchises.

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