New Emerald Suite Shows Off Wow Factor At Spectacular Ashes

September 3, 2019

England’s spectacular triumph over Australia in the Third Ashes Test match took place at the Emerald Headingley Stadium – a truly unique international sporting venue having recently completed a £45-million refurbishment and cementing its position as one of the UK’s leading sporting and corporate venues.

After two years of building, the new North Stand at the Leeds venue is the only one in the world to boast views of two top-international playing fields – on one side, the hallowed ground of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, which recently also hosted England versus Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup, and on the other, the home pitch of Rugby Super League team, the Leeds Rhinos (the next home match is against Salford on September 6th).

The new North Stand raises the bar of excellence in hospitality with the look and feel of a boutique hotel and boasting five-star quality food and service in the 450-seat Emerald Suite, thanks to Sodexo, which recently renewed its 15-year contract to supply hospitality and public catering at the Emerald Headingley Stadium.

The new suite has a really ‘wow’ factor that makes it attractive for both matchday and non-matchday events, according to Andy Dawson, Commercial Director of Yorkshire Cricket Club. “It’s the jewel in our crown,” he said.

“It’s the nicest corporate facility for rugby,” said Rob Oates, Commercial Director of Leeds Rhinos, who welcome ed over 1200 corporate clients to the opening of the new facility.

A full-time team of 14 Sodexo staff will be accompanied by more than 1,000 temporary workers to cater for all matches at the stadium, including the Super League, the Ashes, the Super League, and the new cricket event the Hundred from 2020.

Nick Byrom, Sodexo Sports and Leisure business Development Director, said: “We are thrilled about our long-term partnership with the iconic Emerald Headingley Stadium.”

“Sodexo will significantly invest in the public and executive facilities at the ground to improve speed of service and further enhance the customer experience. Sodexo will also be a major sponsor of Yorkshire Cricket and Leeds Rhinos until 2034 to demonstrate our long-term investment strategy in sport.”

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