Sodexo has won a five-year contract, worth £6 million with the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, to provide food and beverage retail and hospitality services for all matchday and non-matchday events at the Belfast venue, as well as selling conference and event facilities through Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events.
Home to the Northern Ireland football team, the stadium was redeveloped and enlarged last year. The stadium now has more than 18,000 seats and four main function suites overlooking the pitch, 10 executive boxes, a museum for events and unique event spaces in the changing rooms, press room and players’ lounge, all of which Sodexo is operating.
Chris Bray, CEO Sports & Leisure Sodexo UK & Ireland, said:
“We are delighted to announce this partnership with the Irish Football Association at Windsor Park. The new stadium development gives us an opportunity to deliver a fantastic experience for match goers, and host a wide range of conferences and events on non-matchdays.
“At our other stadiums we have strong relationships with the local community, and the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park is no exception. We are already working with three Belfast suppliers: Keenan Seafood, Arnotts Fruit and the French Village Bakery. We look forward to bringing fresh, innovative, responsibly-sourced local produce to stadium visitors.”
Earlier this year, Sodexo extended its partnership with the Scottish national stadium Hampden Park to 2020.