PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- ARAMARK, a leading provider of dining services to higher education campuses and sports and entertainment venues, today announced an expanded partnership with University of Tennessee Athletics to provide general concessions for the university's sports facilities, including Neyland Stadium, Thompson-Boling Arena and Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
While ARAMARK began managing general concessions at the start of the current football season, ARAMARK has served as University of Tennessee's residential and retail dining partner and managed suite catering services for Tennessee Athletics' facilities since 1997.
ARAMARK is using its marketplace intelligence, trends analysis and consumer insights in working with the Tennessee Athletics Department to create menus offering Volunteer fans more value and variety, and high-quality and freshly made products. At 102,000-seat Neyland Stadium, ARAMARK transformed the look and feel of general concessions stands, installed new cooking equipment, hung new menu boards to make it easier to order, and increased directional signage to locate food stands. The changes have contributed to a double-digit increase in per capita spending over prior year.
"We are very excited about this new relationship with ARAMARK," said Bill Myers, Senior Associate Athletics Director/CFO of Tennessee's Department of Athletics. "ARAMARK brings significant industry expertise to our concessions operations, and we believe this new partnership will generate increased value for our customers."
"We are pleased to be expanding our partnership with University of Tennessee Athletics and look forward to enhancing the game day experience with fan-friendly dining options in general concessions, as well as continuing to provide a full range of menu items in suites and other premium dining areas," said Kevin Kenney, Regional Director, ARAMARK Sports & Entertainment.
New signature items that have been added to Neyland Stadium's concessions menu include:
- The Clucker: Fried chicken, country pickles and coleslaw on a country roll with a side of fried taters.
- The Caboose: Angus single burger patty topped with cheese, bacon, pulled pork, jalapenos, onions and Smokey's sauce. Served with a side of fried taters.
- Pulled Pork Topped Hot Dog: All-beef hot dog with barbecue smoked pulled pork, coleslaw and pickled onions.
- Hickory Pulled Pork Nachos: House fried tortillas stuffed with barbecue smoked pulled pork, scallions, pintos, pico de gallo, jalapenos, pepper jack cheese, sour cream and Old City Magic spice.
ARAMARK partners with more than 600 colleges and universities throughout North America, including providing food and beverage services for athletic facilities at over 35 colleges and universities.
ARAMARK is a leader in professional services, providing award-winning food services, facilities management, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums and arenas, and businesses around the world. The company is recognized as one of the "World's Most Ethical Companies" by the Ethisphere Institute, one of the "World's Most Admired Companies," by FORTUNE magazine and one of America's Largest Private Companies by both FORTUNE and Forbes magazines. ARAMARK seeks to responsibly address issues that matter to its clients, customers, employees and communities by focusing on employee advocacy, environmental stewardship, health and wellness, and community involvement. Headquartered in Philadelphia, ARAMARK has approximately 250,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries. Learn more at www.twitter.com/aramark.