Sodexo secures £100m partnership with Emerald Headingley Stadium

Sodexo secures £100million partnership with Emerald Headingley Stadium  Cricket world cup
01/07/2019 - 05:00
The Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and Leeds Cricket, Football and Athletics (LCF&A) has awarded a 15-year contract to Sodexo, a global services company, worth over £100m in total turnover.

The contract will see Sodexo build on its eight-year partnership with YCCC and LCF&A to provide hospitality and public catering at the Emerald Headingley Stadium- home of Yorkshire Cricket and Leeds Rhinos. The stadium has recently completed a £40million refurbishment to improve its facilities.

A full-time team of 14 and more than 1,000 temporary staff will be employed at the stadium for events including this summer’s Ashes series, the ICC cricket World Cup and the Super League.

Andy Dawson, YCCC’s commercial director, said: “It is our ambition to provide a best in-class experience for our members, spectators and corporate guests and to achieve this we need to offer variety of food options which offer excellent value for money.

“We are proud of our long-standing relationship with Sodexo and with their skilled team on board and Emerald Headingley Stadium Event’s award-winning chefs in place; we will deliver a memorable food experience for all.”

Rob Oates, Leeds Rhinos commercial director said: “We are delighted with the new partnership with Sodexo. Over the last eight years we have developed a great working partnership, so to extend this further is fantastic news and will enable us to go to the next level of hospitality and events.”

Sodexo sports & leisure brings in a revenue of £200m a year through the provision of services, including catering, marketing and operating event spaces.

Nick Byrom, Sodexo sports & leisure business development director, said: “Sodexo will significantly invest in the public and executive facilities at the ground to improve speed of service and further enhance the customer experience. Sodexo will also be a major sponsor of Yorkshire Cricket and Leeds Rhinos until 2034 to demonstrate our long term investment strategy in sport.”

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