Food & Beverage

Valencia arena project secures hospitality partner

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Miguel Martí Gastronomia has been appointed as the hospitality partner for Casal España de València, a new 18,600-capacity arena being developed in the Spanish city.

The company has been appointed by València 5 Estrellas, which is overseeing the management of the arena. Miguel Martí Gastronomia will work with València 5 Estrellas to launch food and drink experiences for the arena across hospitality areas, including its on-site restaurant and VIP spaces.

The agreement does not cover other restaurant services such as points of sale, which may be managed by other companies. Miguel Martí Gastronomía is the company of Spanish chef Miguel Martí and specialises in catering for social events and spaces. It already operates a restaurant at Estadio de la Cerámica, home of LaLiga football club Villarreal.

Víctor Sendra, general director of the Casal España de València, said: “Miguel Martí is one of the most prestigious and recognised national restaurateurs in social events. We are convinced that, thanks to his experience and knowledge, this alliance will give rise to a first-class gastronomic service for the users of the Casal España Arena in Valencia. Our objective is that users enjoy great experiences, of quality, in the arena.”

The arena project is being bankrolled by Spanish billionaire Juan Roig through Licampa 1617, the holding company set up for the venture. In March, Roig announced that the delivery date for the venue had slipped from 2023 to 2024.

Work on the arena began in June 2020 and Liga ACB basketball club Valencia Basket had planned to move in for the 2023-24 season. Roig is investing €220m (£193m/$217m) of his personal assets in the project. In November 2020, Licampa 1617 reached an agreement with The Music Republic for the festival promoter to jointly operate the venue.

Licampa 1617 and The Music Republic then formed València 5 Estrellas to oversee the management of the arena, its facilities and other future services. As well as being the new home of Valencia Basket, the arena will host other sporting and entertainment events.

The arena, designed by HOK and local architecture practice ERRE Arquitectura, will have a maximum capacity of 15,600 for basketball games but will be able to accommodate up to 18,600 spectators for concerts, which would make it the largest arena in Spain ahead of Madrid’s WiZink Center.