The Lindley Group, which serves sporting venues such as Tottenham Hotspur FC’s White Hart Lane, Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road and Watford FC’s Vicarage Road, has been purchased by Centerplate. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
From service innovation and culinary excellence to venue design, Centerplate has always put the guest and fan at the very centre of everything we do, so we are thrilled to find a like-minded organisation in The Lindley Group,
said Centerplate President and CEO Des Hague.
With the addition of this vibrant and growing business, the new Centerplate will bring our passion for culinary and service excellence to best-in-class clients around the world, with a continued focus on results, not rhetoric. We are excited to expand globally and look forward to providing our best-in-class clients with unmatched hospitality experiences at prestigious and iconic venues across North America and the UK.
Each entity will continue to operate under its current name. The Lindley Group Chief Executive Adam Elliott will assume the title of President, The Lindley Group, and Executive Vice President, Centerplate, reporting to Hague. Centerplate stated that Hague, who was born and raised in the UK and began his career in hospitality leadership positions throughout Europe, will draw on his extensive personal and professional background in the UK as he leads the global organisation.
Jointly, the new company will provide food, beverage and merchandise services to more than 115 million guests annually. Revenues for the combined company are expected to exceed £660 million ($1 billion) in 2013, and there are no plans to reduce the company’s combined workforce, which currently stands at over 35,000 people worldwide.