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- 03/27/2014 : Ovations Food Services to Provide Catering and Concessions

Bringing Fresh Food to the New PPL Center in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Ovations Food Services Selected to Provide Catering and Concessions

March 27, 2014

BDH Development, the master leaseholders of PPL Center, today selected Ovations Food Services, a nationally ranked food and beverage provider to public assembly facilities across North America, to bring their Everything’s Fresh™ approach to the new PPL Center in Allentown, PA.

Ovations Food Services, along with the recently selected Global Spectrum, the operators and managers of PPL Center, are both subsidiaries of Comcast-Spectacor.

“Ovations has a reputation of creativity and top notch food varieties”, said Jim Brooks of BDH Development. “We have discussed offering options for all types of diets and desires, including vegetarian, gluten free, and others.”

Ovations is working diligently with the construction crew on kitchen design and placement of equipment, allowing for the execution of a fully fresh program. This means themed concession concepts will line the concourse and guests will never find pre-wrapped anything. Local Pennsylvania flavors will be eminent and served fresh.

“Whether your desires include hot dogs, veggie burgers or lobster rolls you will be able to find great options available at PPL Center this Fall”, said Linda Recke, Ovations’ Vice President.“We are excited to be operating in this first class facility and provide first class menu items and service.”

BDH and Ovations have also partnered with Chickie’s & Pete’s to open a full-service restaurant at the PPL Center. Considered the #1 Sports Bar in North America, Chickie’s & Pete’s is famous for their Crabfries® which are bathed in a secret blend of spices and served with two sides of their one-of-a-kind White Creamy Cheese Sauce.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the excitement in Allentown as Ovations prepares to bring the best of food and beverage to the new PPL Center,” said Ken Young, Ovations’ President. “The Comcast-Spectacor family of companies also operating at the Center, Global Spectrum, Front Row Marketing and New Era Tickets, share the same philosophy of offering unsurpassed guest experiences.”

About Ovations Food Services, LP

A nationally ranked food service company, Ovations Food Services ( delivers fresh menus, fresh management and fresh ideas to public assembly venues, hotels and casinos throughout the United States and Canada. Ovations specializes in food, beverage, merchandise and hospitality services for stadiums, arenas, convention centers, fairgrounds, expo-centers, racetracks, zoos, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, casinos and hotels. Considered by many as the best managed and most innovative company in the industry, Ovations’ results oriented senior management team has been involved in managing almost every major public assembly facility throughout the United States and Canada.

About Comcast Spectacor

Ovations’ parent company, Comcast-Spectacor® ( is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the home arena for both the Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of GlobalSpectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 115 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; FanOne, a digital fan marketing company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.

About PPL Center

PPL Center is a state-of-the-art multipurpose arena currently under construction in downtown Allentown, PA. Scheduled to open in September of 2014, the arena will seat more than 10,000 for concerts and more than 8,500 for Phantoms professional hockey games, making it the region’s largest events venue. The amenities-packed PPL Center will host more than 140 events each year, offering something for everyone, including the Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the NHL Philadelphia Flyers, live concerts, family shows, trade shows, figure skating events, youth sports, high school and collegiate events, Disney on Ice, conferences, graduations and many more events. PPL Center will be the heart of the Lehigh Valley and is currently the main catalyst to the revitalization and growth of downtown Allentown.

Contact: Kristen Thompson, Ovations’ Director of Marketing or (813) 909-2178 x 123

Media Contact
Jeff Vaughan, Jeff Vaughan, Lehigh Valley Phantoms/Vaughan Communications Group, 610-533-4264

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