by Brianna Crandall — October 6, 2021 — Earlier this fall, the University of Arizona Athletics Department announced a new multi-year partnership with facilities, uniform and food services provider Aramark as its concessions operator beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. The new partnership will serve all of Arizona’s competition facilities. The land-grant university is a member of the Pac-12 Conference and has 21 athletic programs that comprise a student-athlete population of nearly 500.
Aramark provides concessions operations serving 29 professional sports franchises in five different leagues in addition to over 90 different colleges and universities. This expertise will enhance the service at all University of Arizona sports venues while prioritizing food and beverage quality, efficiency, safety and enjoyment for fans at home events.
University of Arizona Vice President and Director of Athletics Dave Heeke stated:
Our athletics department remains focused on providing a first-class experience at all of our venues as we begin to welcome fans back to the stands. This new partnership with Aramark for concessions service will improve this important element of our fan experience and enhance the overall atmosphere for our loyal supporters coming to cheer on the Wildcats in person.
Aramark will expand cashless payment options, including credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay while increasing the number of points of sale throughout stadiums. Concession locations will also begin to feature food, snacks, beverages, wine and beer in the same locations for expedited service as well as new and improved-quality menu items.
Aramark President and CEO of Sports and Entertainment Alison Birdwell commented:
We are proud to partner with the University of Arizona to enhance its world-class athletics program through gameday experiences that showcase Aramark’s commitment to hospitality and passion for service.
Aramark serves major educational institutions, Fortune 500 companies, sports teams, healthcare providers, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world with award-winning food, facilities and uniform services.