Thanks to how the Mets are dispensing tickets to Citi Field, Loge13 will probably not have seats in the new Mets ballpark, despite our 20–plus years as Shea season ticket holders.
But Aramark will have no problem getting into the new stadium.
This week, the Mets and Aramark announced a “landmark” deal that has the food and beverage seller owning the Citi Field concessions for 30 years.
“Under terms of the agreement, ARAMARK – a partner with the Mets since 1995 – will be the exclusive concessionaire managing all concessions, retail stores, kiosks as well as luxury suites, clubs, and a specialty restaurant for the 45,000-capacity ballpark. The Mets and ARAMARK already have begun collaborating on the outfitting and design of the concession and dining areas as well as retail space for Citi Field.”
I don’t know many people who are impressed by Aramark’s current efforts in Shea. If they have something to do with the food court on the field level, then that’s a good thing. I know they have something to do with the long lines at food and beer stands and the low number of employees working the concessions.
For the record, I always thought it would be great to combine the food and bathroom lines somehow. The smart beer vendors used to sell to the guys waiting outside the men’s room; now beer guys can’t sell underneath the stands at all.
For the record,
ARAMARK also manages culinary and retail services at KeySpan Park, home of the Mets’ Class-A affiliate, Brooklyn Cyclones. Within the New York Metropolitan area, ARAMARK provides professional services at Continental Airlines Arena, home of the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and NHL’s New Jersey Devils; Giants Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and Jets; and Nassau Coliseum, home of the NHL’s New York Islanders.
ARAMARK currently partners with 15 Major League Baseball stadiums -- Atlanta's Turner Field, Anaheim's Angel Stadium, Baltimore’s Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Boston's Fenway Park, Denver’s Coors Field, Houston’s Minute Maid Park, Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium, Minneapolis’ Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, New York's Shea Stadium, Oakland’s McAfee Coliseum, Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, Pittsburgh's PNC Park, San Diego’s PETCO Park, Seattle’s SAFECO Field, and Washington, DC’s RFK Stadium.
(Note to self: get a job at Aramark. They will have the best luxury box in the house.)