North Queensland Stadium catering partner to offer local touch

North Queensland Stadium has named Spotless Group as its official catering partner after agreeing a five-year contract.

Under the agreement, Spotless will provide hot and cold food and beverage services at the 25,000-seat venue, which is scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2020 National Rugby League (NRL) Premiership season despite unprecedented flooding in the region earlier this year.

The hospitality company will have a presence across food outlets, corporate hospitality suites and bars for fans at the facility, which is located in Townsville and will serve as the new home of the NRL’s North Queensland Cowboys.

The agreement expands on a 10-year relationship the firm has with the North Queensland region.

Spotless hospitality venue manager Jeffrey Ellis said the firm has been part of the Townsville community since 2010, providing services to 1300SMILES Stadium, the Lavarack RAAF base, St Patrick’s College and the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences.

He said: “We look forward to extending our relationship with local sports fans. We are committed to a 100 per cent local workforce. We have a strong relationship with James Cook University and local labour hire providers, and there will be opportunities for training and up-skilling via apprenticeships and traineeships.”

Ellis added that Spotless has a target of 85 per cent locally-sourced produce, including items such as reef fish and tropical burgers.

North Queensland Stadium venue manager Glenn Arboit said: “Spotless have demonstrated a clear vision for the new stadium, with a great range of food and beverage options that reflect the region and produce available, as well as a focus on value and variety.

“Spotless’ corporate expertise is underpinned by its servicing of other major stadia and entertainment venues throughout Australia, including the Melbourne Cricket Ground and hbf Park in Perth.

“As part of the tender process applicants were required to satisfy a range of criteria, including an ability to deliver local benefits, and Spotless has demonstrated a commitment to maximise local produce, suppliers and opportunities for training and employment for locals.”