Delaware North retains contract at Australian Open

May 9, 2013 Updated May 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First

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Delaware North retains contract at Australian Open

May 9, 2013 Updated May 9, 2013 at 10:41 AM EDT

Delaware North Cos. Inc. has added to its lengthy legacy of handling hospitality and catering operations at the Australian Open.

An affiliate of Buffalo's Delaware North Cos., Delaware North Cos. Australia has been named the hospitality and catering partner of the Melbourne & Olympic Park, which is home to the Australian Open Tennis Grand Slam.

The deal comes after the company wrapped up operations at the 2013 Australian Open, which drew a total of 684,457 fans. To accommodate and ensure the best guest experience, Delaware North had a staff of more than 2,000 onsite, including more than 200 chefs delivering the varied catering needs across 52 retail outlets and 56 corporate dining facilities.

Next year will mark the 25th year that Delaware North has served tennis fans at the Australian Open. The company has been the exclusive hospitality and catering partner for Melbourne & Olympic Parks since 1989 and this is the second contract extension that the company has received through a competitive tender process - the last being in 2001.

"Our success with Melbourne & Olympic Parks and the Australian Open is due to the 24 years of passion, loyalty and commitment to the venue, the client and the 34 million guests that have passed through the gates throughout our tenure," said Gary Brown , Delaware North Companies Australia managing director.

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