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Ovations signs a deal to serve Earthquakes fans

Published in SportsBusiness Journal on 09 / 29 / 14

The San Jose Earthquakes have signed a 10-year deal with Ovations Food Services for their new stadium opening in March. Ovations will run all general concessions and premium dining at the 18,000-seat facility, including the scoreboard bar in the north end zone , which at 118 feet long will be on...

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