Wasps Group has signed a long-term partnership with Delaware North, through which the company will take on exclusive catering and hospitality services rights at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.
The arena serves as the home of English Premiership rugby union team Wasps and League One football club Coventry City. It joins the likes of Wembley, London Stadium and Emirates Stadium in Delaware North’s portfolio of UK-based venues.
The Ricoh Arena has a capacity of 32,000 and also hosts Wasps Netball games and music concerts, with the likes of Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones having performed there in the past. The length of the venue’s long-term deal with Delaware North, which was founded in New York, was not disclosed.
Nick Eastwood, chief executive of Wasps Group, said: “This is a landmark deal for Wasps Group and the start of a long relationship with Delaware North who have shown enormous confidence in both the Ricoh Arena and the quality of the region’s staff.
“The company has an outstanding reputation for quality and service and works with some of the biggest venues in sport, leisure and business. We are very excited about the partnership and continuing to provide all our visitors with the highest level of hospitality and customer experience.”
The Ricoh Arena site also includes a 12,000-seat indoor arena, 20,000 square metres of event space, conference and exhibition suites, a Hilton hotel, a casino, two restaurants and a coffee shop.
Doug Tetley, UK managing director at Delaware North, added: “The Ricoh Arena is an incredible venue and one of the most diverse in the UK in terms of its mix. Few other venues host professional sports, major concerts, trade exhibitions and conventions as well as housing a successful hotel and casino. We have global expertise in all of these areas and look forward to building on the work done by the staff already working at the Ricoh Arena.”