As the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship prepares to tip-off, and bracket fever sweeps the nation, Aramark, the award-winning hospitality and dining services partner at sports venues and college campuses, is warmed up and ready to serve guests attending the biggest games of the Tournament.
Over the course of the tournament, Aramark will enhance the game day experience with a wide variety of menu offerings at multiple sites, including the Pepsi Center (Denver, CO), Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, PA) and NRG Stadium (Houston, TX), home of the Final Four and National Championship games. All of Aramark's associates at these host venues are eager to welcome fans and provide them with exceptional service, as they cheer their teams to victory.
Aramark's involvement in the tournament stretches beyond professional sporting arenas and onto college campuses, where it enriches the lives of millions of college consumers every day. Serving more than 500 colleges and universities across the United States, Aramark is proud to partner with two dozen of the schools that will vie for the national championship.
"From the stadiums and arenas where we operate, to the college campuses and dining halls we serve, the excitement of March basketball runs deep through Aramark," said Carl Mittleman, president of Aramark's Sports and Entertainment division. "While the players on the court are vying for their shining moment in Houston, our Service Stars always shine at the moment of truth and are ready to serve the thousands of fans attending the 12 tournament games our partner venues will host this year."
During each day of the Final Four, NRG Stadium will have more than 2,000 Aramark associates on hand, working in concession stands and retail stores, or keeping the stadium clean, to deliver the ultimate experience for basketball fans.
For the Final Four and Championship games, James Beard Award winning chef and Aramark partner at NRG Stadium, Chris "BC" Shepherd, and his sous chef, Chris "LC" Bednorz, will each introduce new sandwiches on the club level. The two sandwiches will go head to head during the Final Four and Championship games, with the best seller appearing on the 2016 menu for Houston Texans home games at NRG Stadium (Aramark is the exclusive food and beverage partner of the Houston Texans).
BC's Korean Sloppy Joe: 44 Farms beef tossed in Korean BBQ sauce, served on a Hawaiian roll.
LC's Buffalo Chicken Club: Chicken tossed in buffalo sauce and topped with bacon and bleu cheese slaw.
Aramark's culinary teams will prepare delicious menus for hungry fans attending the first and second Rounds at the Pepsi Center and the East Regional semifinals and finals at the Wells Fargo Center. From Denver's bacon infused offerings available at the popular "Beer & Bacon" concession stand, to Philly-favorite, Chickie's & Pete's CrabFries, there's something for everyone to enjoy.