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Plans for New Partnership Include Local Sourcing, Frontline Service Training and Physical Enhancements
COLUMBUS, OH—[February 11, 2015]— The Greater Columbus Convention Center and Centerplate, the hospitality provider which serves premier convention, and entertainment venues across North America and Europe, today announced a new agreement to enhance the hospitality program for the leading convention destination located in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.
A state-of-the-art building with 1.7 million square feet of flexible, customizable meeting and exhibit space, the Greater Columbus Convention Center is surrounded by a lively restaurant, shopping and entertainment district—right in the center of the city, the state, and the country.
“The new relationship with Centerplate is a critical step in our strategy to enhance the experience at the Convention Center,” said Sally Bloomfield, chair of the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority. “We conducted a rigorous search and Centerplate was across-the-board the strongest applicant.”
Through the new agreement, Centerplate will be responsible for food and beverage services at all public and private events and restaurants beginning on February 25.
“We are honored to be selected to partner with the Greater Columbus Convention Center,” said Chris Verros, President and CEO of Centerplate. “I am confident our guest-centric focus will add a new service dimension to the Columbus meeting experience – enhancing the city’s attractiveness to leading meetings and events.”
Centerplate has extensive experience with marquee meeting and event destinations including the San Diego Convention Center, the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, the Vancouver Convention Center, the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, and the Music City Center in Nashville among others. The company also recently launched Sophie’s, a new fine dining destination at select Saks Fifth Avenue retail stores, and announced new partnerships with the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, and the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool, England. This also marks the second new partnership for Centerplate in Ohio in less than a year, following the recent agreement with the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
About the Greater Columbus Convention Center
Created in 1988, the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority is the owner and operator of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, the Hilton Columbus Downtown and Nationwide Arena. As a recipient of tax revenue from hotel rooms, the FCCFA is empowered to issue tax and lease revenue bonds backed by the hotel tax receipts.
Centerplate is a global leader in live event hospitality, “Making It Better To Be There®” for more than 115 million guests each year at more than 300 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues across North America, Europe and the United Kingdom. Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 13 Super Bowls, 22 World Series, the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com, or connect via Twitter @centerplate or Facebook /centerplate.