The events & hospitality team behind Hampden Park, Scotland’s National Stadium, have been named the best in the business at the prestigious Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2017.
Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, who provide catering, hospitality and events management to the venue, received the Matchday Hospitality Awards – Large Stadium honour, and beat off competition from 36 stadia from across the UK to lift the Overall Matchday Hospitality Award.
The prestigious awards recognise the efforts and dedication shown by the catering, conference and events teams at football and rugby stadia across the UK and Ireland, and this year judges received their highest number of entries, with 36 venues competing.
Sodexo at Aberdeen Football Club were also praised for their non-matchday services, picking up the Non-Matchday Mystery Shopper Award. Dundee United Football Club received recognition for its hospitality experience, collecting ‘Bronze’ in the Matchday Hospitality Award – Small Stadium category.
David Trotter, Account Director with Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, said, “To be up against such stiff competition from stadia across the UK, and see our teams’ commitment, dedication and hard work recognised nationally, is a huge honour.
“As Scotland’s National Stadium, Hampden Park has an incredible history and we’re delighted to be part of that. We endeavour to deliver top customer service, provide first class food & drink and ensure all of our guests – whether with us for a match-day, meeting, conference or other event – have a truly memorable experience.”
Hampden Park recently unveiled a new suite of event spaces and executive boxes, following a three-month refurbishment. The 26 suites were rebranded as ‘Sky Boxes’, reflecting their envious vantage point over the famous Hampden pitch.
Hampden Park Ltd. Managing Director, Peter Dallas, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won such a prestigious award in partnership with our long established catering partner, Sodexo. We are particularly pleased the investment in our vibrant new Skybox concept has been recognised so quickly and received such positive reviews from our visitors.
“Hampden’s renowned warm welcome has clearly made an impression, which is testimony to every member of our staff.”