Simon McMain Sodexo account director (L) with Mal Brannigan, Wigan Athletic CEO.
DW Stadium Announces Venue Partnership
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DW Stadium—the home of Wigan Athletic Football Club and rugby league side Wigan Warriors, has appointed Sodexo to provide hospitality and catering under an 11-year contract.
Sodexo will deliver matchday and non-matchday experiences at the stadium which is a major conference and events centre in the Greater Manchester area.
A feature of the contract is a commitment by both parties to source food and beverages from local suppliers. Sodexo has also committed to hiring local staff and supporting local charity and social impact projects.
Announcing the results of the tender, Malachy Brannigan, Wigan Athletic FC Chief Executive, said: "Following an extensive search for the Stadium’s first venue partner since Phoenix 2021 Limited obtained the Club, I am delighted to announce Sodexo as the successful bidder.
"The experience of Sodexo was a major factor in determining the decision and we look forward to a long and healthy partnership."
Nick Byrom, Sodexo Sports & Leisure UK Business Development Director, added: "It’s an exciting time for Wigan Athletic fans under new ownership and we thank the leadership team at the Club for selecting Sodexo to be their long-term venue partner.
Facilities at the DW Stadium are excellent and, with some additional investment from Sodexo over the next 12 months, we feel that these will create some of the best event facilities in the area."
In 2022, the stadium will undergo a series of upgrades, with fans also expected to benefit from a cashless stadium thereafter.