Wembley Stadium roars to life as host of Euro 2020
London’s Wembley Stadium came roaring back to life after the pandemic to host the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Euro 2020 men’s football championship tournament in June and July 2021. With only a few weeks to prepare to host the thousands of fans under an international spotlight, Delaware North’s team delivered hundreds of thousands of meals to hungry fans.
The iconic stadium, where Delaware North has provided hospitality services since 2007, hosted a total of eight games, beginning on June 13 and ending with the tournament’s final-round game between England and Italy on July 11, which drew more than 65,000 fans.
The Anecdote debuts at Coventry Building Society Arena
The Anecdote, a new sports bar and restaurant developed by Delaware North’s team in the U.K., opened its doors at Coventry Building Society Arena, the home of the Wasps rugby union club and Coventry City F.C. in Coventry, England, in summer 2021.
The restaurant space includes a double-sided bar serving a range of craft beers and cocktails, and is surrounded by numerous tables where group gatherings can be seated for food service. The menu features comfort classics with a modern twist. The Anecdote can serve up to 160 people at a time and boasts an array of widescreen TVs and interactive games, including shuffleboard and table football.
Wembley Stadium sets stage for world’s biggest concerts
Wembley Stadium in London, where Delaware North operates all hospitality services, hosted some of the world’s biggest concerts in summer 2022. A total of 1.2 million guests streamed through the venue across 14 shows, including the Summertime Ball, “the U.K.’s biggest summer party,” with a high-profile lineup that included Harry Styles, Ed Sheeran and David Guetta. The iconic venue also hosted Coldplay’s six-night residency.
In addition to being synonymous with football in the United Kingdom, Wembley also hosted other major sporting events, including the sold-out World Heavyweight Championship in April, which drew 94,000 fans, and the most-attended Euro Finals game in recent history with 87,192 fans.
London Stadium hosts summer concerts, adds 10 long bars
London Stadium in early summer 2022 hosted three back-to-back concerts, the first live music performances in three years due to the pandemic. The venue, where Delaware North operates food and beverage services and special events services, hosted rock bands Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer on their Hella Mega Tour, followed by two nights of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. More than 192,000 guests attended the concerts over the three nights.
To improve the guest experience for London Stadium’s large crowds, Delaware North built 10 new permanent long bars with a combined counter length of nearly 400 feet. The long bars add 70 points of sale and 200 beer taps to the existing space.