Sodexo has landed a five-year catering deal with Premiership football club Newcastle United, worth £38m in total turnover.
The caterer's Sodexo Prestige division will provide public catering for up to 52,000 fans on match days and run one of the largest conference and banqueting facilities in the North-east.
Sodexo will employ 1,100 staff at the club's catering, event and sales departments as a result of the deal.
Newcastle United's operations director David Williamson said: "Newcastle United already has an award-winning reputation for its catering and conference and banqueting operations, and that will be further enhanced by our relationship with Sodexo Prestige."
Sodexo Prestige already provides services at Ascot Racecourse in Surrey and at Everton Football Club and at Scotland's national stadium Hampden Park in Glasgow.
By Chris Druce
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