Monday, October 20, 2008

Yankees to have "homegrown" catering company provide food in the New Yankee Stadium

From BusinessWire comes news of Dallas Cowboys/New York Yankees partnership. Usually these business press releases fly right over my head, but in this case it is pertinent to frequent visitors to Yankee Stadium.

Lets go to the release:

The old model of stadium concessions is broken, stated Hal Steinbrenner, Co-Chairman of the New York Yankees. Fans want and deserve a better experience for their sports entertainment dollar. Working with Legends to leverage the talent and experience resident in the Yankees and Cowboys organizations will enable us to set a higher bar for sports franchises while delivering greater value to fans. When the new Yankee Stadium opens for the 2009 season, our fans will be able to experience first-hand the enhancements to our menus, concessions, retail operations and fan spaces that Legends has overseen.

The main bullet point of this press release is that the Yankees are cutting out the crappy middlemen such as Aramark and Centerplate catering and creating their own in-house option. Theoretically, this should cut costs for food items at the new Stadium, but that is highly doubtful given the overhead of starting up this operation and building the billion dollar Stadium. However, this does mean that we are free from the gummy chicken fingers and transfat-enhanced, year-old oil-soaked french fries that had haunted us for years at the old Yankee Stadium.

Many long-time vendors at the old Yankee Stadium are likely to lose their jobs based on this announcement, but for the average fan it is nothing but a good thing. I have seen some of the cooking facilities that Aramark and Centerplate use and whatever the Yankees come up with can't possibily be worse.


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John said...

I'm a couple posts late with this comment. When he was a player I remember Bobby Meacham actually passing the runner in front of him a couple times. Whenever the runner on first had to hold up halfway to see if Meacham's bloop would be caught he'd run right up their back.

HowFresh said...

I just wish we could have snatched up Danny Meyer before the Mets did. I haven't heard any confirmed reports but it seems to be the case.

I wish the Yanks would go local instead of always trying to go global with concessions and co-promotions. Put some true NYC flavor in there.

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