Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne Australia


October 2021

Refreshed Cooper’s Alehouse opens at Adelaide Airport

A mainstay at Adelaide Airport in Australia for more than 16 years, Cooper’s Alehouse reopened in October 2021 with a refurbished design. 

The pub and restaurant, which Delaware North has operated since it opened in 2005, was created as an airport outpost of the original Cooper’s Alehouse in downtown Adelaide. The classic pub concept features live televised sports, all-day breakfast, traditional pub snacks and shared platters for all palates. 

“It’s great to see the hard work and years of planning coming to fruition,” said Mark Young, managing director of Adelaide Airport. “The Cooper’s Alehouse refurbishment looks amazing, and my congratulations to Cooper’s and leading airport foodservice and retail company Delaware North for the excellent result.” 

February 2022

Delaware North named new hospitality provider at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Delaware North in November 2021 won a seven-year contract to provide hospitality services at the historic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Melbourne, Australia.   

With a capacity of more than 100,000 people, the MCG is the largest sporting stadium in the Southern Hemisphere, hosting several Australian Football League (AFL) teams, as well as cricket matches, concerts, other special events and non-event-day functions.  

In February 2022, ahead of the AFL season, Delaware North showcased new, locally focused food and celebrity chefs that were featured at MCG throughout the year to complement fan favorites and enhance the guest and member experience. 

july 2022

New luxury accommodation, The House, added to
Lizard Island Resort 

Delaware North in July 2022 added a new luxury accommodation to its operation of the award-winning Lizard Island Resort on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

The House, a multilevel, three-bedroom residence, and The Cottage, a separate single-level sanctuary conveniently situated nearby – collectively known as the Estate – are set to open in early July as Lizard Island’s most exclusive offering. Positioned on a private peninsula of Lizard Island and surrounded by three white-sand beaches, the two new properties can accommodate a total of eight guests, who can access calm turquoise waters for snorkelling, diving and fishing, while rocky tracks inland lead to picturesque lookouts.

July 2022

CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park showcases Delaware North’s catering prowess

Delaware North’s culinary team at the new CENTREPIECE at Melbourne Park, the conference and event center that opened in February 2022, quickly racked up accolades. The company provides catering services at CENTREPIECE as part of its broader partnership with Melbourne & Olympic Parks, site of the Australian Open tennis championships. 

In June 2022, two CENTREPIECE chefs were featured on the cover of Spice News magazine, an industry-leading publication, in a three-page story, “Elevating the guest experience at Melbourne’s CENTREPIECE.” In addition, Delaware North won in the “Functions/Convention Centre Caterer” category at the Australia’s 2022 Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence.  


Delaware North continues world-class hospitality at Australian Open 

Australia’s iconic sporting event – the Australian Open tennis championships – bounced back in a big way in January 2023, with Delaware North once again displaying its hospitality expertise at the global tennis tournament.  

After limited attendance of 130,374 in 2021 and 346,468 in 2022, Delaware North served a record 839,192 fans over the two-week tournament. The previous record was 812,174 attendees in 2020. 

Nearly 2,500 Delaware North team members served up some astounding quantities of fan favorites, including more than 90,000 orders of fries, 60,000 plates of chicken and chips (fries), 55,000 sandwiches, 30,000 burgers and a whopping 100,000 ice creams. To wash it all down, Delaware North team members served thirsty fans more than 200,000 bottles of water, 123,000 soft drinks, 193,000 coffees, 100,000 glasses of wine and more than 413,000 beers. 

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