Venues NSW has awarded Justin Hemmes’ Merivale a catering contract for the Sydney Football Stadium, which is due to open next year, and Sydney Cricket Ground.
The agreement will see fine dining options from the hospitality giant’s suite of restaurants served amongst traditional food and drink.
Fourteen groups contested for the deal.
“This is a major milestone in our company’s history and builds on our commitment to the city of Sydney, its culture, economy and job creation,” Mr Hemmes (pictured, top) said.
The SCG contract comes into effect next month – in time for the Ashes New Year’s Test – and will run until at least 2027.
Merivale will take over the contract from Delaware North, which recently won permission to operate catering at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
The SFS agreement is for an initial six years too (story continues below).
Less time waiting in line: Hemmes
Merivale will bring in chefs from its hospitality venues including Danielle Alvarez (from Fred’s), Jordan Toft (mimi’s, Bert’s Bar & Brasserie), Dan Hong (Mr G’s, Mr Wong), Mike Eggert (Totti’s), Ben Greeno (The Paddington, Hotel Centennial) and Vincenzo Biondini (Vinne’s Pizza).
“Our sole focus will be on elevating the overall experience at iconic sporting moments and concerts, as well as transforming the full-service stadium event offering on non-match days throughout the year,” Mr Hemmes said.
“Our passion and commitment…will mean a great game day experience for the fans and, importantly, more time watching the on-field action and less time waiting in line,” he added.
More than 1000 staff are expected to be employed across both stadiums.
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