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Tacoma Rainiers sign deal making Ivar’s exclusive food, beverage concessionaire in Cheney Stadium

Post by Lewis Kamb / The News Tribune on Feb. 18, 2013 at 3:24 pm with 1 Comment »
February 18, 2013 3:32 pm

The Tacoma Rainiers have signed a multi-year deal with Ivar’s Inc. making the Northwest seafood company the exclusive provider of concessions for Cheney Stadium.

Rainiers logoUnder the agreement, Ivar’s will manage and operate all general concessions, premium dining, and hospitality services at Cheney Stadium during each of the Rainiers home games, concerts and other non-game, year-round specialty events hosted at the city-owned ballpark, team officials said.Ivar's logo

Officials for Tacoma’s Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners announced the deal, which is set to begin with the 2013 baseball season, in a press release today.

“Ivar’s is a terrific local Northwest company, and their reputation on the sports side is perhaps even better,” Aaron Artman, the team’s president, said in the press release. “They are restaurant people who decided they could provide better food and better service to the sports concession world, and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

Founded in 1938, Ivar’s operates the longest running seafood restaurant in the Puget Sound region. The company ventured into sports and entertainment concesssions in 1999, with its opening of two stands at Safeco Field. The company has since expanded to five locations in venues that include CenturyLink Field, Husky Stadium, Bank of America Arena and KeyArena.

Here’s the full press release:

The Tacoma Rainiers today announced the signing of Ivar’s, Inc. as the exclusive concessions provider for Cheney Stadium as part of a new multi-year partnership between the two organizations.

Under the agreement, Ivar’s will manage and operate all general concessions, premium dining, and hospitality services at Cheney Stadium during each of the Rainiers home games, concerts and other non-game, year-round specialty events hosted at the ballpark.

“We are extremely proud to welcome Ivar’s as the official food and beverage partner for Cheney Stadium and the Tacoma Rainiers,” said Aaron Artman, Rainiers team president. “Ivar’s is a terrific local Northwest company, and their reputation on the sports side is perhaps even better. They are restaurant people who decided they could provide better food and better service to the sports concession world, and we are thrilled to have them on board.”

Ivar’s classic fish ‘n chips and award-winning clam chowder will be offered throughout the ballpark, alongside hot dogs, hamburgers and other stadium staples available at Kidd Valley locations. In addition to fan favorites such as the ‘Best Hot Dog In Baseball’, soft drinks from Pepsi, and a great selection of microbrews, guests can now also expect to explore offerings from Beecher’s Cheese and a rotation of local food trucks on the biggest nights of the season.

“Ivar’s is excited to partner with Cheney Stadium by providing full food, beverage and hospitality for this great Tacoma venue,” said Walt Pillman, Director of Operations for Ivar’s Sports & Entertainment. “Fans who come to the park will enjoy many of the same popular Ivar’s, Kidd Valley and Grounders menu items featured throughout regional sports facilities as well as some other fantastic Northwest cuisine.”

Cheney Stadium stands as the latest sports and entertainment venue to host the Northwest dining icon. Ivar’s originally leapt into the sports and entertainment world in 1999 with two stands at Safeco Field before expanding to five locations in venues that now include CenturyLink Field, Husky Stadium, Bank of America Arena and KeyArena.

Established in 1938, Ivar’s serves as the longest-standing seafood restaurant chain in Washington’s Puget Sound area. After beginning as a single restaurant located along Seattle’s waterfront, today, nearly 40 locations bear Ivar’s name. Award-winning chowders, soups and sauces are sold internationally as Ivar’s thrives as one of the Northwest’s most iconic and historically-rich brands.

In celebration of the partnership, Ivar’s and the Rainiers are presenting a special online-only Opening Weekend ticket package. The $10 deal includes a reserved seat ticket for one of the first three home games of the 2013 season (Friday, April 12, Saturday, April 13, or Sunday, April 14), a hot dog, Tim’s Snacks and a drink. To purchase a package, visit the Rainiers online at www.tacomarainiers.com.

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  1. Better food, better service is great. Now how about better prices….

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