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Delaware North to manage F&B at Seattle arena

Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle has selected global hospitality and entertainment company Delaware North to manage its on-site food and beverage services.

The under-construction venue is the future home of the NHL’s Seattle Kraken, four-time WNBA champions Seattle Storm and will host premier live music and entertainment.

Climate Pledge Arena is a complete redevelopment of a historic landmark on the Seattle Center campus.

Upon completion in October 2021, it will be the first-ever net Zero Carbon certified arena in the world. The development is led by Oak View Group, the largest sports and entertainment developer in the world.

Delaware North will play a significant part in building ‘The Climate Collective,’ the arena’s unique food and beverage program featuring curated vendors, local ingredients and partners that capture the spirit of the Pacific Northwest.

Steve Mattson executive vice president and general manager of Climate Pledge Arena said:

‘The Climate Collective’ will be an innovative, sustainable, fan-focused food and beverage program that brings all of the flavors of the Pacific Northwest to life. I’ve worked with Delaware North for many years and know firsthand how invested they are in our success at Climate Pledge Arena. They will help us never lose track of what’s most important – our fans.

Delaware North CEO Charlie Jacobs said:

Climate Pledge Arena is a glimpse into the future, in terms of fan experience and sustainable venue operations. This type of forward thinking perfectly aligns with our core values, and we are excited to deliver our innovation and distinct brand of hospitality. Our partners at Oak View Group and the Seattle Kraken are setting a new standard, and we are thrilled to be part of the team.

In addition to owning and operating TD Garden – home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics – Delaware North operates concessions, premium dining, event catering, year-round restaurants and retail at more than 50 venues across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Asia.

Ken Gaber, vice president of strategic operations for Delaware North Sportservice said:

We’re working hard behind the scenes as we speak to bring together an arena food and beverage experience unlike any in the industry at present. Climate Pledge Arena will have abundant local flavors and brands, and it’ll feature conveniences never before seen at this scale.

The team has already brought on Steve Dominguez as general manager and Molly D. De Mers as executive chef. De Mers — the first female executive chef for a new major professional sports venue at opening — and Dominguez both bring significant regional experience to a food and beverage program anchored in local flavours.