COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that the hockey club has extended its partnership with Delaware North Companies Sportservice through 2026. Sportservice has been the exclusive food and beverage service provider for Nationwide Arena, the home of the Blue Jackets, since the venue opened in September 2000. The original agreement had been set to expire in 2013.
Sportservice has consistently provided Nationwide Arena guests with a diverse selection of high-quality food and beverage options for concessions, premium in-seat service, exclusive sit-down dining and suite catering. In October 2007, Sportservice installed a state-of-the-art point-of-sale system designed to speed up concession sales transaction times and expedite credit card transactions. This system is currently utilized in all concessions, club seating areas and luxury suites at Nationwide Arena.
"Sportservice has been a tremendously valuable partner dating back to the construction phase of the arena and we are excited to extend our relationship into the next two decades," said Larry Hoepfner, senior vice-president of business operations for the Columbus Blue Jackets. "Sportservice's significant investment to upgrade the technology at all points-of-sale and enhance customer service exemplifies the truly cooperative spirit of this partnership."
"I want to thank the Columbus Blue Jackets for the opportunity to extend our excellent strategic partnership in creating a first-class experience for fans at Nationwide Arena," said Rick Abramson, president of Delaware North Companies Sportservice. "It has been a pleasure working with the Blue Jackets since their inaugural season in the National Hockey League in 2000, and we look forward to even greater things in the years ahead. The team is unquestionably on the rise in the NHL and a vital part of the sports scene in Columbus."
"Last year, Sportservice invested in the installation of state-of-the-art sales systems and in broadening and enhancing the food and dining opportunities for the fans," added Michael Geczi, Sportservice's general manager at Nationwide Arena. "We look forward to working with the Blue Jackets to continue to provide fans with great food -- from concessions to upscale dining in the clubs and suites."
The Blue Jackets return to action Friday hosting the St. Louis Blues at Nationwide Arena at 7 p.m. Live coverage on FSN Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also be broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets to Blue Jackets home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FSN Ohio Blue Line Team Store locations at The Chiller Easton, Chiller Dublin, Chiller North and The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, as well as all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can also purchase by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season and group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or (800) NHL-COLS.
About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice has been a global leader in food, beverage and retail management for nearly a century. The company provides concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues for Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Hockey League, as well as at entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. From the Stanley Cup Championships and Major League Baseball's World Series to the Olympic Games and world-class entertainment, Sportservice continues to set the standard for innovation, creativity and customer service excellence.
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world's leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International, TD Banknorth Garden and American Park 'n Swap. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.