Sodexo partners with the Patriot Center on concession services

Monday, January 6, 2014

Sodexo, the world leader in Quality of Life services, is partnering with the George Mason University’s Patriot Center to manage concession services at the arena. The food service partner in four of the largest collegiate stadiums in the United States, Sodexo brings a wealth of experience to the Patriot Center, which will result in an improved experience for patrons.

Highlighted by blending technology with improved menu offerings, the Gaithersburg, Md.-based Sodexo aims to provide a new, enhanced fan experience at the Patriot Center with LED menu displays and global food offerings.

Notable clients for Sodexo include the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and Circuit of The Americas in Austin, the first purpose-built Formula 1 venue in the U.S. that recently hosted close to 300,000 in one weekend for the U.S. Grand Prix in November.

“Partnering with Sodexo on concession services is exciting,” said general manager of the Patriot Center Barry Geisler. “We look forward to capitalizing on their expansive knowledge in providing services to the collegiate and sports market at our events. Sodexo currently provides campus dining services at George Mason, and this partnership with the Patriot Center is a natural extension of a long-standing, successful relationship with the university. ”

Focusing on the fan experience at the Patriot Center, Sodexo will provide new LED menu displays, high-speed credit card acceptance at all individual service points, specialty carts with “upside-down” beer taps, global food offerings and new graphics for all permanent concession stands.

“All of the new enhancements we have planned for concessions at George Mason’s Patriot Center will definitely improve the quality of the overall experience for fans and event goers,” said Tom Post, president, Sodexo Education-Campus.

Sodexo serves more than 15 million consumers daily and has 700 facility management sites. They provide services across the spectrum of education, health care, senior living, business, sports and leisure and government.

About Sodexo

Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), a leading Quality of Life services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers on-site services in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.SodexoFoundation.org), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $20 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.

About the Patriot Center

The Patriot Center serves as the home of George Mason University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams on the university’s Northern Virginia campus in Fairfax, Va. Managed by Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the 10,000-seat arena hosts Mason basketball games, concerts, family shows and commencement ceremonies. Bruce Springsteen, Keith Urban, Bob Dylan, Enrique Iglesias, the Harlem Globetrotters, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey and Disney on Ice are only a few of the concerts and family shows that have performed at the arena during the past 27 years.