Delaware North extends Texas Rangers backing to new ballpark

Sports hospitality specialist Delaware North Sportservice has signed a new long-term contract with the Texas Rangers ahead of the Major League Baseball team’s move to Globe Life Field.

When the new 40,000-seat ballpark opens in 2020, Delaware North will provide services in concessions, suites, catering and premium areas, as well as retail management. The company first partnered with the Rangers in 1994, when the team’s current Globe Life Park stadium opened.

Over the past 25 years, Delaware North has delivered innovative concessions concepts including The Boomstick and Dilly Dog, as well as the All You can Eat Porch. Globe Life Park has also been consistently ranked as one of MLB’s most vegan-friendly ballparks by PETA.

Additionally, Delaware North has worked with a range of local non-profit organisations to work in the ballpark’s concession stands as a fundraising opportunity and over the last 25 years nearly $30m (£20.1m/€22.7m) has been raised and donated to area community groups.

Jerry Jacobs Jr., co-chief executive of Delaware North, said: “Delaware North has a lot of fun thinking of new and unexpected ways to delight Rangers fans, especially with our food creations that have transformed ballpark dining across the industry.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Ray (Davis, Rangers co-chairman and managing partner) and his leadership team at the state-of-the-art Globe Life Field, which will set a new precedent in baseball and beyond for live-event entertainment.”

There are no set menus yet for Globe Life Field but the Rangers confirmed that the new upper deck at the stadium will include a Throwing Smoke barbecue restaurant that will be smoked on site. There will also be a brick-oven pizza restaurant called High Cheese, ice cream store The Frozen One, adult beverage store Barrel Up and hot-dog specialist Abner Doubledogs.

Globe Life Field broke ground in September 2017 and is being built as a public-private partnership between the Rangers and the City of Arlington.

Delaware North Sportservice operates food, beverage and retail operations at more than 50 venues around the world, including Boston’s TD Garden, St. Louis’ Busch Stadium and London’s Wembley Stadium. It currently provides hospitality services at 11 MLB ballparks.

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