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Sodexo extends Emerald Headingley F&B deal

Sodexo has extended its contract to provide catering services at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds.

The venue is home to Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and Leeds Cricket, Football and Athletics (LCF&A).

Sodexo has been awarded a 15-year contract worth over £100 million in total turnover.

The contract will see Sodexo build on its eight-year partnership with YCCC and LCF&A to provide world class hospitality and public catering at the Emerald Headingley Stadium – home of Yorkshire Cricket and Leeds Rhinos.

A full-time team of 14 and more than 1,000 temporary staff will provide catering and hospitality services for all matches at the stadium including Super League, this summer’s Ashes series, the ICC Cricket World Cup and the new competition “The Hundred” from 2020.

Emerald Headingley Stadium has recently completed a £40 million refurbishment and now offers some of the best venue facilities in the UK including the new Emerald Suite comprising a 450-person lounge overlooking both the cricket and rugby pitches. The new corporate boxes, the Director’s Lounge and the Emerald Suite have all benefitted from a high specification fit out.

Sodexo has also won the contract for non-match day sales to help drive additional revenue for the stadium, drawing on its expertise in the sports and leisure sector.

Andy Dawson, YCCC’s commercial director, said:

It is our ambition to provide a best in-class experience for our members, spectators and corporate guests and to achieve this we need to offer variety of food options which offer excellent value for money. We are proud of our long-standing relationship with Sodexo and with their skilled team on board and Emerald Headingley Stadium Event’s award-winning chefs in place; we will deliver a memorable food experience for all.