CHICAGO AND FAYETTEVILLE, Ark., June 8, 2017 – University of Arkansas Department of Intercollegiate Athletics today announced premier dining and hospitality partner Levy will serve fans across all sports starting with the 2017-18 season. Levy will create new dishes, menus, and concepts reflecting local flavors across concessions, premium dining, and catering operations at Razorback Athletics facilities, including Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, Bud Walton Arena and Baum Stadium.
“Providing premium options for dining as well as concessions options for all Razorback fans in our venues is key to delivering an unforgettable game day experience,” said Jeff Long, University of Arkansas Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics. “Our new partnership with the industry’s leading dining and hospitality provider will allow us to build on the success we have enjoyed on the field and courts with a fan experience to match. Levy will play an instrumental role in our ongoing Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium renovation as we work together to upgrade concessions and catering throughout the stadium. We look forward to providing Razorback fans with a variety of food and beverage options which will make a trip to all of our venues as unique as the Razorback itself.”
“Razorback fans bring incomparable energy to the legendary game day experience, and our goal is to use that passion as inspiration for creating memorable dining experiences,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy. “That means cultivating relationships across the local culinary community to woo fans at the stadium.”
Levy has mastered its signature marketplace approach to crafting outstanding dining experiences specific to a location’s trademark flavors. Levy chefs in Arkansas will develop menus showcasing ingredients and flavors of the Fayetteville and Northwest Arkansas community. Levy will also redesign concession stands across facilities, bring in local restaurants and producers and craft refined Chef’s Table menus in suites. Through it all, Razorback Athletics and Levy will commit to sustainable hospitality: sourcing food responsibly from local vendors, creating a comprehensive recycling and composting program, and improving energy and water efficiency.
The partnership adds another blue chip athletics program in the southeast to Levy’s burgeoning collegiate portfolio. Levy handles food, beverage, and hospitality experiences for major programs across all power athletics conferences and sports, including The Ohio State University, Texas A&M University, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma, among others.
More details will come on new menus and dining experiences at Razorback Athletics facilities leading up to the 2017-18 athletic season.
The disruptor in defining the premium sports and entertainment dining experience, Levy is recognized as one of the fastest growing and most critically acclaimed hospitality companies. Named one of the 10 most innovative companies in sports by Fast Company magazine, Levy’s diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants, iconic sports and entertainment venues, and convention centers as well as the Super Bowl, Grammy Awards, PGA Championship, US Open Tennis Tournament, Kentucky Derby, and NHL, MLB, NBA All-Star Games. For more, visit www.levyrestaurants.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.