SOURCE: Delaware North Companies

October 26, 2007 11:32 ET

More Than 90,000 Football Fans to Experience American and British Food Favorites at Wembley Stadium in London

U.S.-Based Delaware North Companies Is Sole Provider of Food and Hospitality Services at Wembley Stadium

BUFFALO, NY--(Marketwire - October 26, 2007) - The company that has fed American sports fans for nearly a century will feed fans at 90,000-seat Wembley Stadium in London during Sunday's sold out professional football game between the New York Giants and Miami Dolphins.

Delaware North Companies is a $2 billion global hospitality and food service provider owned by the Jacobs family of Buffalo, N.Y., and is the first and sole provider of hospitality and food services at the new Wembley Stadium.

Delaware North serves over 10,500 corporate guests at each capacity event in the exclusive Wembley Suite, Corinthian Club and Great Hall as well as in two signature restaurants that include champagne and seafood bars, two fine dining restaurants, one bistro buffet, two delicatessens/cafes and 162 corporate suites. In addition, Delaware North operates 98 kitchens and 900 food and beverage service points-of-sale to feed fans at the 90,000-seat stadium.

Delaware North is committed to providing excellent customer service, training and employing 3,000 staff, including 250 chefs, at Wembley Stadium to serve customers on event days.

The company's servers also staff 1,000 state-of-the-art beer dispensers that can pour nearly 50,000 pints every 10 minutes.

According to Delaware North Companies' United Kingdom Managing Director Simon Dobson, the first regular season football game outside North America will feature some special American dishes in addition to the usual Wembley Stadium fare of meat pies and fish and chips.

"In some of our restaurants and clubs, we'll offer a menu that provides a taste of American-influenced cuisine, dishes such as Cajun-style prawns, Caesar salad, char-grilled New York rib steak served with Monterey Jack cheese, and Chicken Maryland," Dobson said.

"Our highly credentialed executive chef, Frank Coughlan, helped oversee dining at Wimbledon and the Ryder Cup in Ireland before joining Delaware North earlier this year. He's excited by the challenge of preparing meals to remember for this historic event."

Delaware North also manages the sales and operations of the stadium's significant conference and banqueting business, including major conferences such as the recently completed Stadium Revenue Summit.

The company also provides hospitality and food services at Emirates Stadium, which opened in 2006 in London as the new home of the Arsenal soccer club. The new Wembley Stadium opened in May this year with the FA Cup Final. It has since hosted 24 major events, including two global concerts -- Live Earth and the Concert for Diana, which marked the 10th anniversary of the death of Princess Diana.

"Wembley Stadium is one of the biggest sports and entertainment venues in the world, and everyone at Delaware North is extremely proud to be overseeing the catering operation at Wembley," said Dobson. "We're drawing on experiences from more than 50 other major sporting and entertainment venues, including Emirates Stadium in London, Soldier Field in Chicago, Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and Australian venues such as Telstra Dome in Melbourne and the WACA ground in Perth."

Background Information on Delaware North Companies

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.

Delaware North pioneered sports concessions in 1915 when three young brothers -- Louis, Marvin and Charles Jacobs -- took their small popcorn and peanut concessions business to a minor league baseball park in Buffalo because the theaters they were working closed due to a lack of air conditioning in the summertime.

In 1968, upon Louis Jacobs' death, his son, Jeremy M. Jacobs, Sr., became chairman and CEO of Delaware North, a position he still holds nearly 40 years later. In addition, he owns the Boston Bruins and was elected chairman of the NHL's Board of Governors this year.

The company owns and operates TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, home to both the National Basketball Association Celtics and National Hockey League Bruins, and operates concessions and other dining at nearly 45 other sports venues, including Soldier Field in Chicago, Jacobs Field in Cleveland and Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Its concessions business includes Yosemite, Sequoia, and Grand Canyon national parks, and the company also operates lodging and fine dining restaurants at several historic resort hotels, including The Ahwahnee at Yosemite and The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel in New Hampshire.

Over the last 20 years, Delaware North has become a significant player in global hospitality and foodservice, adding the London stadiums to operations in Australia and New Zealand.

Delaware North's reach extends to more than 100 locations, including major sports venues, national parks, resort hotels, airports, railway stations, car parks and gaming and racing venues.

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.

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