Chefs at one of Yorkshire’s leading rugby grounds are preparing to ‘tackle’ one of their biggest events yet as England take on New Zealand in the RFL Four Nations tournament.
Nearly 25,000 fans are expected to descend on Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium on 29 October for the opening match in the second biggest international Rugby League tournament to come to the UK in five years.
The stadium’s Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events catering team is working around the clock to feed fans’ expectations.
Around 1,000 corporate guests will gather to watch the match in the venue’s six function suites and 42 boxes, each of whom will sit down to a three course meal, designed specifically for the occasion.
Fans heading to the 19 retail outlets within the stadium concourse are expected to consume around 2,500 pies, 1,000 hotdogs and 1,500 meal deals.
A further 4,000 pints of beer and over 4,500 hot drinks are also expected to be consumed.
Jacqui Page, sales and marketing manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events said: “Even by the stadium’s standards this is a massive catering exercise and it’s not just about quantity, it’s about quality.
“However, our team is highly experienced and really looking forward to providing superb food for a capacity crowd.”
John Smith’s Stadium, home to Huddersfield Giants and Huddersfield Town Football Club, is one of six venues hosting this year’s Four Nations tournament that will close on 20 November with the final at Anfield, Liverpool.