Delaware North Sportservice — a division of global hospitality and foodservice provider Delaware North — has been named the food, beverage, and retail partner for Little Caesars Arena. The 20,000-seat arena is scheduled to open in September at Woodward Avenue and Henry Street.
The company will provide a full accompaniment of services to the venue, including concessions at more than 50 fixed and portable stands, premium dining in five club areas, 24 loge boxes, 62 suites, and two rows of gondola seating that hang from the arena’s ceiling.
The retail component will be anchored by a 19,000-sqaure foot District Market, restaurant, and bar outside of the arena, which will be open daily.
Food and beverage offerings at Little Caesars Arena will include fresh fruit and greens at District Market Express, hand-breaded chicken and fresh-cut fries at The Coop, locally-based brews and craft cocktails at 1701 Pub, and regional favorites such as coney dogs and shwarma at Detroit House, Dearborn Sausage, and Better Made potato chips.
“We’ve put an enormous amount of care into the selection of our partners at Little Caesars Arena to ensure fans are getting best-in-class experiences with every visit,” says Tom Wilson, president and CEO of Olympia Entertainment, which operates Little Caesars Arena. “Delaware North Sportservice is well known as the industry leader, and we’re thrilled to offer their unique services throughout the various spaces in this world-class venue.”
Delaware North is currently the food, beverage, and retail provider at Comerica Park, a partnership dating back to 1930.
“Delaware North has a special love for the city of Detroit and its passionate sports fans,” says Carlos Bernal, president of Delaware North Sportservice. “We’ve proudly served Tigers fans for more than 85 years, and now we have the distinct privilege to work with the Red Wings and the Pistons, two iconic sports teams, at their new home. We’re even more excited to be a part of the city’s history when this new, world-class facility opens, and we look forward to bringing Detroit sports fans a fresh and innovative game-day experience.”
The addition of the Red Wings and Pistons represent Delaware North’s sixth current NHL partner and second NBA partner, respectively. The company currently operates food, beverage, and retail facilities at more than 50 sports venues worldwide. Delaware North also manages food and beverage sales at Detroit Metropolitan Airport through its travel division.