Wasps Group has agreed a long-term strategic partnership with global hospitality provider Delaware North, giving the American-based firm exclusive rights to catering and hospitality services at the Ricoh Arena.
Delaware North, a family-owned firm founded in Buffalo, New York state in 1915, delivers hospitality and catering contracts across the world including at the National stadium, Wembley, The London Stadium, the Emirates and Heathrow Airport in the UK.
Internationally it operates across a wide variety of sports including NFL, baseball, tennis and ice-hockey and in countries including the UK, United States, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. It also has interests in national parks, luxury resorts, retail and travel.
Nick Eastwood (pictured), chief executive of Wasps Group, commented: “This is a landmark deal for Wasps Group and the start of a long relationship with Delaware North who have shown enormous confidence in both the Ricoh Arena and the quality of the region’s staff. The company has an outstanding reputation for quality and service and works with some of the biggest venues in sport, leisure and business.
“We are very excited about the partnership and continuing to provide all our visitors with the highest level of hospitality and customer experience.”
Doug Tetley UK managing director at Delaware North, added: “The Ricoh Arena is an incredible venue and one of the most diverse in the UK in terms of its mix. Few other venues host professional sports, major concerts, trade exhibitions and conventions as well as housing a successful hotel and casino. We have global expertise in all of these areas and look forward to building on the work done by the staff already working at the Ricoh Arena.”