City of Goodyear, Arizona
Public Information Office
For Immediate Release: July 21, 2008
Goodyear names Ovations Food Services as official concessionaire of the new ballpark
GOODYEAR, AZ – The official concessionaire of the Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Complex will be Ovations Food Services, a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor, the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm.
When the Cleveland Indians move in to their new spring training facilities in August, and the Reds arrive in November 2009, Ovations will greet them – and their fans – with specialty menus that emphasize local flavors. Signature favorites will be featured at the ballpark, such as Hot Dog Nation, Pizzaolio and Black Angus. Custom party packages for picnic areas and special events will also be available.
“Ovations’ reputation for high quality, great food presentation, and excellent customer service is outstanding,” said Stadium Manager Nathan Torres. “The food experience is as important to the fans’ experience as the game itself. Ovations is known for their ‘fresh food’ approach, and that’s something that our fans will really enjoy.”
“It is our promise that our food is prepared fresh,” said Ovations Food Services President Ken Young. “We never pre-wrap our hot dogs or other items we sell. Everything is prepared fresh in front of the customers. Our customers truly enjoy our food right off the grill.”
That “fresh food” approach sets Ovations apart from other food and beverage services that specialize in catering for public assembly facilities, Torres said. “Fans can look forward to enjoying their favorite foods, and they’ll take away delicious memories of a great day!”
About Ovation Food Services
Ovation Food Services is the official concessionaire for Hohokam Stadium, in Mesa, Ariz., the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs. Ovations also provides catering and banquet services to more than 90 venues in North America, including Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, S.C., and Roanoke Convention Center in Roanoke, Va. The company also manages sports and entertainment venues including Jacksonville Municipal Stadium in Fla., home of the National Football League’s Jaguars, Rose Garden in Portland, Ore; and John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario.
Comcast-Spectacor is the Philadelphia based sports and entertainment firm which owns the Philadelphia Flyers, the Philadelphia 76ers, the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum, Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and ice hockey rinks and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 65 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; and Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor produces 10 annually televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC.
About Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Complex
The $108 million Goodyear Ballpark and Recreational Complex is located about 20 miles west of Phoenix, Ariz., and will be the spring training headquarters for two Ohio teams. The Cleveland Indians move into their 42,000-square-foot clubhouse in August 2008 and will be ready to play their first Cactus League Spring Training game in February 2009. The Cincinnati Reds arrive for spring training 2010. The stadium seats 10,000 fans: 500 premium seats, 8,000 regular seats and seating for 1,500 on the lawn. Spring training ticket prices range from $8 to $30. Season tickets are available. For information, updates and photos of the progress on the ballpark, visit www.goodyearaz.gov/ballpark
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CONTACT: Ike Richman July 21, 2008