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Orioles will have new concessions operator at Camden Yards in 2023; Levy plans food and drinks with ‘local twists’

Only time will tell how the Orioles will fare when the 2023 baseball season gets underway March 30. But one thing’s for certain: the food and drinks selection will be getting a shake-up this year at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The Orioles announced Thursday that they have partnered with Levy, a Chicago-based hospitality company, to manage concessions at the ballpark beginning in 2023.

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“Oriole Park has been a first-class destination for sports and music entertainment fans for over three decades, and as we look to the future to enhance the footprint and impact of Camden Yards, we are excited to welcome Levy onboard,” John Angelos, the team’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement.

The partnership marks the end of the team’s long-standing contract with Delaware North, the Buffalo, New York-based company that had handled food and beverage sales at Camden Yards since 2010. Charles Roberts, a spokesman for Delaware North, said Thursday that the company’s contract with the Orioles ended in December.

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The status of Delaware North’s contract had been in limbo since last year, when the Orioles began to solicit bids from prospective vendors. Delaware North was the operator for popular Camden Yards spots like Stuggy’s and Boog’s BBQ. The ballpark topped a Betting.com ranking of stadiums with the best food last fall, with the report listing beef and pork sandwiches from Boog’s, loaded hot dogs from Stuggy’s and crab cakes from Harris Creek Oyster & Seafood as the top-rated fare.

An Orioles spokesperson said some popular vendors, including Boog’s and Jimmy’s Famous Seafood, will continue to serve food at the stadium under the new contract.

Before the team’s official announcement, social media offered some clues that Levy would be the next vendor. Levy has several positions for Camden Yards posted on LinkedIn, a business-centric social media platform, including openings for a concessions manager and a director of concessions tasked with “overseeing all aspects of concessions operations.”

The company handles concessions at dozens of stadiums and ballparks around the country, including Nationals Park, FedEx Field and Audi Field in the Washington, D.C. region, and locally for Leidos Field at Ripken Stadium, according to its website. Levy has also coordinated hospitality at major events like the Grammy Awards, the Kentucky Derby, the US Open Tennis Championships and the Coachella music festival.

A spokesperson for Levy Restaurants did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

The Orioles promised to share more details about the stadium’s future food and drink offerings as Opening Day approaches. For now, the announcement hints that the new concessions contract will create “opportunities for up-and-coming chefs, restaurateurs, and food and beverage tastemakers in the Baltimore area” as well as “food and beverage with local twists.”

Levy will also offer new technology that will allow “faster and frictionless check-out options,” according to the announcement.

Levy’s CEO, Andy Lansing, said the hospitality partnership will build upon the Orioles’ vision for Camden Yards, which is fast approaching the end of a lease with the Maryland Stadium Authority set to expire later this year. The team has until Feb. 1 to opt into a one-time, five-year extension of its existing contract.

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“Camden Yards is a truly special place, and it sparked the evolutionary thinking that brought the fan experience to the forefront,” Levy said in a statement. “With this inspiration, we look forward to collaborating with the Orioles and their fans to bring forward a hospitality experience that creates long-lasting memories on game day and throughout the Baltimore community.”

Baltimore Sun reporter Nathan Ruiz contributed to this story.


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