Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena has moved its catering services in-house for the first time since it opened, 17 years ago.

While the decision to change food and drink provider was made in January, the launch of the new themed bars and kiosks have been officially completed this week.

Previously, the venue was in partnership with Levy Restaurants UK for 10 years, which also serves several venues around the country, including London’s O2.

The additions to the Motorpoint Arena concourse include a fish and chip kitchen and a coffee bar. The venue has also moved to serve £3 pints of beer during games played by Elite Ice Hockey League team the Nottingham Panthers.

Other changes involve a ‘quick serve’ bar, as well a total of 10 new arena concourse bars and a directors’ and VIP bar, which would be used for hospitality guests. There is also an Encore Bar & Grill, which was refurbished back in August 2016.

Sam Oldham, operations director at the arena, said: “Bringing our catering operation in-house is giving us the opportunity to maximise revenue in this area and deliver what our customers want.

“We’re delighted with the new catering units along the concourse and are excited to be able to offer a broader range of competitively priced food and drink options for our customers, whether they’re visiting the Arena to watch a show or ice skating with friends in the National Ice Centre.”

Motorpoint Arena is a multi-use indoor arena that opened in 2000, and has since hosted thousands of concerts, comedy acts, family shows and sporting events. It is the UK’s first twin ice pad facility and centre of excellence for ice sports.

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