UBS Arena, the future home of the New York Islanders Hockey Club, has partnered with Delaware North to manage its food and beverage services.
Fans visiting the venue from its opening this autumn will be able to access market-style outlets, which will offer a mixture of hot, fresh prepared food and ready to go meals, as well as self serve snack and beverage options. Delaware North will also provide premium hospitality options and services with 56 suites, 22 UBS Club lofts and five major club areas throughout the arena.
There is also an environmental and waste element involved in the partnership, with all unused food being distributed to local food banks. The collaboration will also focus on sourcing at least 75% of food ingredients from within a 300-mile radius based on seasonality, sourcing produce that is organic and sourcing 100% of eggs from cage free hens. All paper products within the venue will be compostable, and the venue will be offering vegan and vegetarian options to customers.
Jerry Jacobs Jr, chief executive of Delaware North, said: “USB Arena will be the blueprint for arenas of the future, and we are proud to bring our ever-advancing model of hospitality to the table.
“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Tim Leiweke, Peter Luukko and the Oak View Group team and work with Islanders owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky, as well as Sterling Equities EVP Jeff Wilpon to be part of their vision for the sports and entertainment landscape in New York.”
The new venue, developed in partnership with Oak View Group, the New York Islanders and Jeff Wilpon, is located in Belmont Park, on the border of Queens and Long Island, and will host over 150 sports and entertainment events every year.
James Obletz, president of Delaware North Sportservice, added: “We’re prepared to deliver the highest culinary standards using our industry-leading expertise in food and beverage programming, implementing multiple service styles and developing chef-created signature menu items.”