For the second time in five years, Delaware North Cos.' Sportservice will be handling the concessions for baseball fans in both World Series cities - Arlington, Texas and St. Louis.
Sportservice, an arm of Buffalo's Delaware North Cos., has the food and concession operations at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington and Busch Stadium, the respective homes of the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.
The World Series begins Wednesday evening.
And, at Busch Stadium, Delaware North Sportservice also operates the Cardinals team store and 32 other retail selling points at the venue.
Delaware North Sportservice actually handled the food service and concession operations for Major League Baseball's final four of the Cardinals, Rangers, Milwaukee Brewers and Detroit Tigers. It is believed that is the first time a single food service provider handled the sales for baseball's final four. Sportservice has food and beverage contracts for 10 Major League Baseball teams.
"It's real privilege for Delaware North Sportservice to be serving so many baseball fans and have such fantastic clients," said Rick Abramson, Sportservice president.
Abramson said Delaware North is preparing a number of special food items for both stadiums.
For instance at Busch Stadium, Delaware North is expanding its popular "Sandwich Showdown" stand to include more made-to-order sandwiches, Abramson said. Also being increased as the "Build Your Own Nacho" stand. Nachos are among the best selling items at Busch Stadium, Abramson said.
"We're focused on continuously enhancing the ballpark experience so fans can enjoy a variety of freshly-prepared food and menus that feature the taste of each region," Abramson said.
In Arlington, Sportservice is adding extra "Churro Carts" that sell Mexican-style desserts and a Bayou Cooking Cart, which offers, among other items an alligator po boy.
Abramson said Delaware North is bringing in extra culinary staff from other ballparks to help with the food service needs in Arlington and St. Louis.