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Monthly Archives: December 2015

From Steamed Hot Dogs To Fancy Flavors: NFL’s Stadium Food Revolution

Think of the NFL stadium hamburger of yesteryear. Whether five, 10 or even 20 years ago, it was a nondescript strip of meat slapped between a typical church potluck-type bun, offered up with your squeeze-containers of ketchup, mustard, relish and—maybe—chopped onions a few yards away on a concourse counter tucked between the restrooms and your stairwell.

Across much of the league, that hamburger still exists, but not in the same form: Now it’s a grass-fed beef burger on a sourdough bun served with lettuce, onions, tomatoes and pickles and adorned with condiments in front of you.

“People are much more food focused,” says Sal Ferrulo, executive vice president for Centerplate, a company that tackles food service in five NFL stadiums, including the newest, Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. “We’ve had to make the event a better experience for the fan. It is about the game, the food, being comfortable. It is the era of the open kitchen. People buy with their eyes, they want to see the food and smell it.”

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San Diego Padres Announce Ballpark Upgrades For 2016

The San Diego Padres recently announced details on the planned upgrades at Petco Park for 2016. The centerpiece of which will be the new two-level social space in right-center field inspired by San Diego’s beach lifestyle.

Locally-based Sun Diego Boardshops has expanded its existing relationship with the Padres to become the presenting partner of the space, which will be constructed in the location currently occupied by The Beachers seating area and The Beach play area. As part of the design, the children’s sand play area will be preserved and relocated to a space along K Street, further removed from the playing field and safe from balls in play. Construction is already underway.

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Padres President & CEO Mike Dee, said:

Sun Diego epitomizes what is unique and desirable about all of Southern California, and we are excited to expand our partnership with such an iconic local company that is emblematic of that lifestyle. This project will transform the space in right-center field, while preserving the view from the grass seating area in the Park at the Park. Together with Sun Diego, we will create an improved and unique experience for fans in what has previously been an underutilized area.

The new space, with a design aesthetic modeled after Southern California’s iconic piers, will feature pilings and decking constructed from environmentally friendly recycled composite wood. Drink rails will line the front row of each level, with approximately 60 fixed seats between the two. In total, the space will accommodate nearly 600 people in a standing room only capacity. Ideal for mingling and social interaction, it will be sold as a group space for the majority of games. 

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NHL, Boston Bruins, And Mayor Of Boston Unveil Renovated Bryan McGonagle Street Hockey Rink In Charlestown, MA

Renovated Rink Donated to Community on Behalf of 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic Legacy Initiative powered by Constellation

NEW YORK (Dec. 17, 2015) – The Boston Bruins®, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, and the National Hockey League, alongside League partners Constellation, Bridgestone, Ecore, Exelon, Franklin Sports, and Musco unveiled a renovated street hockey rink in Charlestown, MA as part of the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Legacy Initiative powered by Constellation.

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“Through the Winter Classic Legacy Initiative, the National Hockey League family, including our teams and business partners, provides young people in the host community the resources with which to learn the value of team sports while staying active and having fun,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We’re thankful to the Bruins, the city of Boston and our partners in this project for the generous support that will ensure an everlasting spirit of hockey in celebration of the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.”

“I’m heartened that a sport so rooted in history and tradition can offer new and exciting ways to cultivate and engage with our future players and fans, and this rink is a great example,” said Jeremy M. Jacobs, Owner & Governor, Boston Bruins. “Bryan McGonagle loved hockey as much as this city loves hockey, and we look forward to many games played in his memory right here in Charlestown.”

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