Aramark and Mets embark on landmark 30-year partnership for Citi Field

The New York
Mets and ARAMARK announced a landmark, 30-year partnership that will provide
food, beverage, and retail merchandise services for Citi Field, the new world
class home of the Mets scheduled to open in April 2009.

Under terms
of the agreement, ARAMARK a partner with the Mets since 1995 will be the
exclusive concessionaire managing all concessions, retail stores, kiosks as
well as luxury suites, clubs, and a specialty restaurant for the 45,000-capacity
ballpark. The Mets and ARAMARK already have begun collaborating on the
outfitting and design of the concession and dining areas as well as retail
space for Citi Field.

The new
partnership will seek to set the industry standard in satisfying fans at every
level of Citi Field, providing quality service and the widest variety of menu
offerings and merchandise. An integrated design approach through food,
beverage, and merchandise operations as well as technological advancements in
each area will reduce waiting times so that fans can get back to the action of
the game faster. The Mets and ARAMARK will launch research-based initiatives to
better serve fans’ purchasing preferences.

“We
look forward to continuing our successful partnership with the New York Mets,”
said Liza Cartmell, Group President, ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment.
“Working with the Mets organization, we will make the new ballpark an
outstanding entertainment experience for baseball fans in the region.”

“The
Mets and ARAMARK will enhance the fans’ game day experience by providing
unprecedented variety, quality, and service throughout every level of Citi
Field,” said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations,
New York Mets. “As we take the next step in the development of Citi Field,
this landmark agreement provides the opportunity to advance our efforts in
providing the finest experience in sports and entertainment.”