ARAMARK Ireland Awarded Food Services Contract at Croke Park
17th January 2014
ARAMARK Ireland, the country’s leading integrated services provider, announced that it has won the contract to provide full catering services to Croke Park, home of Gaelic games and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).
The seven year contract, which took effect on the 5th of January 2014 and is worth over 9 million euro per annum, includes total food and beverage services across the stadium. This encompasses public concessions units, premium level catering, function and corporate suite hospitality and all event services for the Croke Park Conference Centre and GAA Museum.
Peter McKenna, GAA Commercial and Croke Park Stadium Director said, “Catering and event services are a critical part of our delivering memorable experiences to all visitors to Croke Park. We would like to thank all those who have been involved in what was a lengthy tender process for the stadium catering services contract and are delighted to welcome ARAMARK to our team. Their wealth of stadium specific venue experience and complimentary sustainability credentials were key elements in the contract win and we look forward to working with them to enhance our offering.”
Croke Park welcomed over 1.5 million visitors in 2013 making it one of the biggest visitor attractions in the country. Numbers are expected to be closer to 2 million in 2014 with a full calendar of GAA fixtures, concert dates beginning with One Direction in May and the inaugural Croke Park Classic American college football game in August. ARAMARK will employ approximately 1,000 people on site when the stadium is operating at full capacity for these events.
Donal O’Brien, CEO of ARAMARK Ireland said, “We are delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious contract as Croke Park. We are delighted to bring our global experience in Stadiums and Arenas home to Ireland and look forward to delivering our first of many stadium events and welcoming visitors to the home of the GAA.”
ARAMARK is a leader in the provision of award winning food and facilities management services to clients across a wide range of sectors. Employing almost 4,000 people throughout the island of Ireland, ARAMARK operates from regional offices in Belfast, Cork and Limerick with headquarters in Dublin.