No matter how far the Seahawks go in the playoffs, fans can count on snacking on Top Pot doughnuts, Kidd Valley garlic fries and Oberto kielbasas at CenturyLink Field, on the off chance the team has a home stand during the postseason. But the stadium's edible line-up could change after this season, when a new operator takes over the concessions.
Although Delaware North Companies Sportservice's start date hasn't yet been announced, the takeover from Levy Restaurants will be completed before the Sounders' season begins. Representatives of CenturyLink and the Seahawks team didn't return messages asking why Levy got the boot, but a Sounders spokesperson suggested asking Levy for further comment; a publicist for the company didn't respond.
According to Delaware North's Glen White, plans for Century Link include "increased number of portable concessions carts and new menu items with local flavor," although he declined to specify which Seattle-based concessionaires and regional specialties might stay or go under new management. Also uncertain is the fate of the Sounders' "on-field dining" program, which was relentlessly promoted by Levy.
Delaware North introduced meatballs and egg-pepper sandwiches to New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.; crab cakes and Old Bay chicken wings to Camden Yards in Baltimore and mac-and-cheese with brats to Lambeau Field in Green Bay.
Most of Delaware North's sports clients are located on the East Coast. The San Diego Padres are the only other West Coast team contracting with Delaware North.
Delaware North's chefs are supervised by corporate chef Roland Henin, a Seattle resident. "Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have an incredible food culture with amazing tastes," the company's president raved in a release announcing the changeover. " We are looking forward to bringing that special local flavor to CenturyLink Field."