Facility Notes: Amadeus Secures £2.5M Deal With Stratford
Amadeus secured a catering contract with Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse worth £2.5M ($3.5M). The five-year deal will see Amadeus "run all retail and hospitality catering at fixture race events along with providing conference and banqueting catering at the venue taking place on non-race days." Amadeus' growing portfolio includes catering for 7 million visitors a year as part of the NEC Group and more than 30 venues across the U.K. (MEETPIE, 1/19).
Welsh Premier League club Bangor City denied canceling "all use of its home ground." But the club said that its 3G training pitch, next to the main Nantporth Stadium, is closed. However, the artificial training pitch "is controlled by community interest company Nantporth CIC," which sublets the main Nantporth Stadium to Bangor (BBC, 1/19).
Ulster Gaelic Athletic Association Secretary Brian McAvoy "is worried the absence of ministers in Northern Ireland could further delay the Casement Park project." A "fresh planning application for the redevelopment was lodged" last February after "initial approval for the scheme was quashed" by the High Court in '14. A decision on the new application "is expected at some stage this year." McAvoy said that any further details caused by "political inactivity would be most unfortunate and even ironic" (BBC, 1/19).