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Centerplate bowls over Sussex Cricket to win catering deal

Centerplate has been chosen as the catering and events partner at Sussex Cricket, home to the world’s oldest professional sports club.

Winning the Best Place to Entertain Clients title at the 2016 Sussex Business Awards, Sussex Cricket has called on Centerplate to bring an extra touch of pizazz to the club’s food and service offering and dial-up the development of its events business at the 1st Central County Ground in Hove to further enhance the experience for both fans and guests alike.

Under the partnership arrangement, Centerplate will work alongside Sussex Cricket’s commercial team to deliver outstanding public and hospitality catering on matchdays and maximise the revenue-earning potential of its flexible, recently extended and refurbished facilities which can accommodate parties from 14 up to 800 guests in five areas. These include The Spen Cama Pavilion which houses The Long Room and The Dining Room, both of which offer splendid panoramic views of the pitch, and The Museum dedicated to the history of cricket in Sussex and beyond.

Centerplate will create delicious new menus which focus on and showcase fresh, seasonal, locally- sourced ingredients and regional specialties with a contemporary twist, as well as expanding the choice of match-day food.

Jim May, Sussex Cricket Chairman, said:

“We have run our own catering and events operation in house since 2007.  We are very proud of the quality of our offering, which was recognised by winning the Best Place to Entertain Clients at the 2016 Sussex Business Awards. However, in view of the need to invest in the business we looked at options last year and decided that a partnership with Centerplate was the way forward.”

Sussex Cricket Chief Executive, Rob Andrew, added:

“Centerplate has an outstanding reputation across a whole range of venues in the UK. They are particularly strong in the field of professional sports organisations, including several First Class County Cricket Clubs. We are looking forward to working with their very experienced management team to drive service standards and delivery for our customers to even higher levels. We are proud of our achievements to date in catering and hospitality events, but we must strive for greater levels of excellence across all parts of our business. We also need to expand our non matchday business and we believe our partnership with Centerplate will allow us to do this.”

Centerplate manages the catering and events services for some of the top UK, European and North American sports and entertainment venues, and has already established a relationship with local suppliers in Sussex through providing catering and event services at the British Airways i360 in Brighton and the newly-reopened restaurant and café on Hastings Pier.

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