Lindley Venue Catering, the specialist sports stadia catering division of The Lindley Group, has been appointed by Rotherham United FC to develop its conference and events business, and manage all aspects of match day and non-match day catering at the League Two club’s brand new £20 million New York Stadium which is due for completion this summer in readiness for the 2012-13 season.
Rotherham United FC selected Lindley Venue Catering as its catering and events business partner following a competitive tender for the five year, £6.1 million contract to provide catering and events sales and marketing services for the club when it relocates from its temporary home at Don Valley Stadium in Sheffield to the prestigious new 12,000 capacity New York Stadium next season.
Located in the centre of Rotherham in an area formerly known as New York and on the site of a former foundry which manufactured fire hydrants for New York City – hence the stadium’s name – one of the key objectives of the new venue is to generate revenue from non match day events and activities.
Responsibility for proactively selling and marketing non-match day events at the New York Stadium will form a major part of Lindley Venue Catering’s remit, alongside providing all public and hospitality catering services on match days. Lindley Venue Catering will be installing its new range of award-winning branded retail food offer at the ground, including Frank’s Original New York Streetdogs® which adds to the stadium’s association with New York.
Tony Stewart, Chairman of Rotherham United FC, says: “The New York Stadium is much, much more than just a football stadium. In the past two years we’ve spent a lot of time during the design process concentrating on making sure the stadium has seven days a week functionality.
Stewart adds: “The input, insights and guidance we have received from Lindley Venue Catering during the development phase has been invaluable, and the team has clearly demonstrated that they have the skill set, enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring the New York Stadium becomes one of the country’s leading events venues.”
Jonathan Davies, The Lindley Group’s Head of Sales & Marketing,, says: “It is a great privilege to become the first catering and events company to operate at the New York Stadium.
“We are well-versed in operating in multi-function venues and are able to bring an integrated approach to managing all aspects of the catering, sales and marketing functions for the New York Stadium, which we regard as a showcase venue for Yorkshire.
“The facilities provide a great sales opportunity and we’ll be launching a new fully search optimized website (www.newyorkstadium.net) to attract corporate and private events business locally and nationally.
“We’ll also be encouraging the local community to make use of the facilities and are planning, for example, to introduce loyalty incentives to encourage fans to hold celebrations for families and friends at the stadium.
“The quality of food and service will also clearly be a priority, and our Creative Director, Gary Bates, will be working with the catering team at the New York Stadium to create bespoke menus inspired by locally sourced produce and regional dishes which will be given a contemporary twist.”
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