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Centerplate Earns Service Extensions at the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos

STONEHAM, Mass. USA May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Centerplate, the hospitality partner to North America’s premier entertainment venues, convention centers and sports stadiums, announced it has been awarded a long-term contract extension with Zoo New England, the management group that oversees the Franklin Park and Stone Zoos located in Boston and Stoneham Massachusetts respectively.

Robert George, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of Zoo New England, said, “We are very excited to extend our relationship with Centerplate. They understand our business, appreciate our mission and presented a strong plan to enhance the overall guest experience for each of our audiences in both of our Zoos.”

Centerplate’s work for each Zoo encompasses a broad area of expertise and highlights the firm’s ability to service the complete range of retail merchandise, quick service and catering assignments. For the Zoos, leading Massachusetts entertainment destinations, Centerplate has demonstrated its multi-purpose venue expertise by managing all of Zoo New England’s diverse facilities, providing everything from kid-friendly healthy snacks to five star dinners for hundreds of VIPs. As a hospitality leader, Centerplate serves over 500,000 visitors to the Zoos each year.

“We are extremely pleased to announce this extension and look forward to continuing the unparalleled service experience our partners at Zoo New England expect from Centerplate and their guests deserve,” said Dave Oberlander, Senior Vice President of Centerplate.

As a part of the new contract, Centerplate will provide extensive facility renovations to improve guest experience, including refurbishing key stores, restaurants and dining areas and the addition of new service areas to increase guest convenience. Most notably, at Franklin Park Zoo, Centerplate will launch a new pop-up gift shop and build a new outdoor cafe.

About Centerplate:

Centerplate crafts and delivers “Craveable Experiences. Raveable Results.” in 250 prominent sports, entertainment and convention venues across North America. Centerplate has provided services to 11 Super Bowls, 20 World Series, the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, 15 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls and the largest plated dinner in history at the Alpha Kappa Alpha Centennial Celebration. Visit the company online at www.centerplate.com.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin (rubin.judith@gmail.com) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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