The appointment of the specialist sports stadia catering division of The Lindley Group comes as Notts County FC celebrates the 150th anniversary of the formation of the club in 1862, and marks a new departure for the npower League 1 club which has been managing its own catering services in-house.
Lindley Venue Catering has struck a five year deal with Notts County FC to maximise the revenue potential of the newly refurbished conference and banqueting facilities at Meadow Lane, which has been the club’s home ground since 1910, and to develop the food retail, bar and hospitality catering services at the 20,000-seat capacity stadium which also hosts home matches for Championship league team Nottingham Rugby.
A re-development programme at the ground over the past two years has seen the upgrading of the reception area, hospitality lounges, and executive boxes, plus the installation of the new Meadow Lane Sports Bar, which serves food as well as drinks on match days and match day evenings. The Lindley Group is also contributing £65,000 towards the refurbishment of Notts County FC’s most prestigious function room – the 1862 Suite - which will take place over the summer months in readiness for the new season.
James Rodwell, Notts County FC’s CEO, says: “As we approach the completion of the extensive refurbishment programme at Meadow Lane, we want to ensure that we are in a position to capitalise on the investment we have made in the facilities at the stadium, and re-considering our catering requirements has formed a natural part of that review.