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Thursday
Mar212013

CenturyLink Field to Host World Cup Qualifier on June 11

SEATTLE, Wash. – U.S. Soccer announced today the 2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier between the United States and Panama will be played on the Xbox Pitch at CenturyLink Field on Tuesday, June 11. Kickoff for the match is at 6:30 p.m. PT.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, April 2 at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster by phone (800-745-3000) and the CenturyLink Field Box Office.

The seating configuration for the U.S. versus Panama match will be capped at 42,000 fans in consideration of traffic and parking concern. The Seattle Mariners host the Houston Astros at 7:10 p.m.

“Going to Seattle for a World Cup Qualifier was very high on our list because of the fantastic atmosphere,” said head coach Jurgen Klinsmann. “It was a no brainer. We knew we had to go to Seattle and the sooner the better because it will hopefully give us an advantage in our game.”

The U.S. National Team previously played one World Cup Qualifier in Seattle, beating Canada 2-0 on October 20, 1976, in front of a crowd of 17,675 at the Kingdome. CenturyLink Field previously hosted the U.S. National Team for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2005 and 2009.

U.S. Men’s National Team in Seattle:
* The last time the USA played at CenturyLink (formerly known as Qwest Field) was on July 4, 2009, during a 4-0 victory against Grenada in the opener of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

* The USA is 6-2-1 all-time in Washington and has won five straight.

* The 4-0 margin of victory in the MNT's last outing at CenturyLink Field tied for its largest margin of victory in the state of Washington, the MNT also beat Honduras 4-0 on March 2, 2002 at SAFECO Field.

* The U.S. is currently on a five-game winning streak in Seattle, outscoring its opponents 16-1 in goal differential during that span.

* In the 4-1 victory against Cuba in the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup, current MNT veterans Clint Dempsey and DaMarcus Beasley each tallied goals.

* Out of all the home venues for World Cup Qualifying, CenturyLink is the only one in which the MNT has played in more than once and never lost or tied, with a record of 4-0-0 while playing at the home of MLS side Seattle Sounders FC.

Thursday
Jan312013

Seahawks and Sounders FC to Expand Retail Store at CenturyLink Field

RENTON, Wash. - The Seahawks and Sounders FC announced today the expansion of the team's Pro Shop at CenturyLink Field. The store will close to the public starting Saturday, February 2. Renovations are planned to be completed and the store reopened by mid-June.
 
Fans are invited to visit the downtown Pro Shop located at 410 Pike Street or shop online through the team's websites at Seahawks.com or SoundersFC.com. On Sounders FC match days, fans will find temporary retail kiosks adjacent to the existing location.
 
The build-out more than doubles the store's size from 3,000 to 7,400 square feet to meet the demand from Seahawks and Sounders FC fans. The open layout will feature new team lifestyle sections, a custom Sounders FC scarf wall and a New Era Seahawks hat wall.
 
"The expansion will help us create a more positive shopping experience for Seahawks and Sounders FC fans in addition to offering more product choices and a speedier checkout," said Seahawks and Sounders FC President Peter McLoughlin. "In addition to increasing the number of permanent registers, fans will also have the option of mobile checkout."
 
The retail locations feature a wide variety of Seahawks and Sounders FC team merchandise from apparel providers such as Nike, New Era and adidas and includes authentic jerseys, outerwear, hats, household items and sports jewelry, along with women's and children's clothing.

Wednesday
Dec192012

Holiday Recipe 2012 - Fava Bean Hummus

Recipe from Executive Chef Jon T. Severson

Fava Bean Hummus

1 tbls – reggiano cheese, grated
½ tsp – kosher salt
½ tsp – cracked black pepper
2 tsp – lemon juice, fresh
1 pound – fava beans, cleaned, blanched
¼ pound – baby arugula, cleaned
¼ cup – extra virgin olive oil
¼ tsp – garlic, finely chopped

Serves 4-6 people

Method of Preparation
To begin, make sure the outer layer is removed from the fava beans. Blanch the beans in boiling water for 1 minute and place in ice water to bring temperature down. Drain completely and combine the beans, arugula, garlic, salt and pepper, and olive oil in a food processor, puree until smooth, but slightly chunky. Next, transfer the mixture to a stainless steel bowl, mix in the reggiano and lemon juice by hand. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with grilled pita, fresh vegetables or your favorite dippers.

Enjoy!

Tuesday
Dec182012

Seahawks and Sounders FC Select New Food and Beverage Provider at Stadium

 

Seattle Seahawks & Seattle Sounders FC Communications

Delaware North Companies Sportservice to enhance fan experience at CenturyLink Field

RENTON, Wash. - The Seattle Seahawks, Sounders FC and First & Goal Inc. (FGI) announced today the selection of Delaware North Companies Sportservice, a global leader in sports hospitality, as the new exclusive food and beverage services provider at CenturyLink Field, CenturyLink Field Event Center and the WaMu Theater.
 
Under a multi-year agreement, Sportservice will manage and operate all general concessions and premium dining at the stadium, home to the Seattle Seahawks (NFL), Seattle Sounders FC (MLS) and numerous concerts and consumer shows.
 
"We look forward to many new and expanded concessions offerings for our fans in the concourses, club level and suites" said Seahawks, Sounders FC and FGI president Peter McLoughlin.
FGI and Sportservice will work together to develop new hospitality amenities and create destination spaces to allow for new food concepts and increase the number of portable concession carts throughout the facility.
 
"We are excited about our new partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Sounders FC and the great FGI organization and are committed to bringing a new level of food and service to some of the best fans in sports," said Rick Abramson, president of Delaware North Companies Sportservice. "Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have an incredible food culture with amazing tastes. As one of the oldest and most respected names in sports food service and hospitality, we are looking forward to improving the overall fan experience with great guest service, innovative cuisine and new menu items bringing that special local flavor to CenturyLink Field."
 
The company will take over operations at the stadium in early 2013 in preparation for the upcoming Sounders FC season. At that time Sportservice will also begin operating the event center and theater.
 
Sportservice has developed a strong reputation in the industry for its culinary expertise and innovative concessions concepts. The company's chefs are mentored by Delaware North Corporate Chef Roland Henin, a highly regarded certified master chef who also happens to be a Seattle resident.
 
In addition, the company's customer service program, GuestPath®, is highly regarded by the teams with which it works, as is its environmental management program, GreenPath®.
 
Sportservice, part of global hospitality and food service leader Delaware North Companies, is the oldest name in sports hospitality, founded in 1915 in Buffalo, N.Y., when the three young Jacobs brothers began selling concessions at theaters and minor league baseball parks.
 
Today, through its family of companies, Delaware North Companies manages and provides food and beverage concessions, premium dining, entertainment, lodging, and retail at many large venues and special places. These include sports stadiums, entertainment complexes, national parks, airports, and casinos. Among those locations is Kalaloch Lodge at Olympic National Park in Washington, Yosemite National Park in California and Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia.
 
Sportservice operates at more than 50 sporting and entertainment venues, including 26 in major professional sports for 28 different franchises. In the NFL, Sportservice operates food and beverage services for the Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, St. Louis Rams, New York Giants, and New York Jets. In the MLS, Sportservice operates food and beverage services for the New York Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City.
 
Delaware North Companies also operates food and beverage services at some of the premier sports venues in the world outside of the United States, including Wembley Stadium in London and two other top stadiums in the United Kingdom, plus the Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament at Melbourne and Olympic Parks in Australia.
 
About First & Goal Inc.
First & Goal Inc. (FGI) was formed by Paul G. Allen in 1997 after voters in Washington State approved the proposal to build a new Football/Soccer Stadium and Exhibition Center. FGI was the private partner in the development along with the public partner, the Public Stadium Authority. FGI now serves as the operator of facility.
 
About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation's leading food, beverage and retail management companies. Sportservice provides concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice is the provider of choice for an impressive client roster, including the World Series, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball's All-Star games, Stanley Cup Championships and the Olympic Games. For more than 90 years, Sportservice has demonstrated that it knows what it takes to effectively develop, operate and manage multi-faceted kitchens, restaurants, suites, fine dining and retail facilities in order to meet the changing demands of today's fans. From introducing new healthy, organic food selections and creative cuisine for twists on the traditional fare, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.
 
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Garden. Delaware North Companies has revenue exceeding $2.6 billion annually and 55,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.

Friday
Dec072012

Seahawks edge Cardinals in Stadium Food Power Rankings

The Seattle Seahawks' CenturyLink Field was recently featured in The Daily Meal's "Stadium Food Power Rankings", pitting Levy Restaurants stadium grub up against the concessions of Rojo Hospitality Group, who run the gameday food operations at the Arizona Cardinals' University of Phoenix Stadium.

The stadium's unique and fan-favorite foods, health-conscience and allergy-friendly selections, and facility sustainability efforts were compared side-by-side, and Seattle's CenturyLink Field edged out their Arizona counterparts.

"Close call, West Coasters, but this week’s win is going to Seattle," Tyler Sullivan, assistant editor at The Daily Meal wrote. "From the mouthwatering food to the emphasis on everything that's local and natural, we are awarding the Seahawks a food win (and hoping the game outcome reflects our predictions). Will we be right? Find out Sunday at 4:25 p.m."

You can read the article in it's entirity here.