Levy UK + I, the sports and entertainment division of Compass Group UK and Ireland, has agreed a new commercial partnership with Rangers FC to provide matchday food and beverages at Glasgow's Ibrox Stadium.
The partnership will be based on a joint profit share arrangement, with most of the profits being retained by Rangers. Levy declined to disclose the length and value of the contract.
The stadium will be Levy's first sporting venue in Scotland, and will work closely with Compass Scotland managing director David Hay and his team. The brand already has catering partnerships at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Stamford Bridge, Villa Park, Aviva Stadium, Cardiff City Stadium and Glasgow's OVO Hydro. Levy and Compass Scotland were also the primary catering partner at the COP26 conference in Glasgow last year.
Levy will create a new menu, serving fan favourites and embracing the history and global heritage of the club, while aiming to focus on sustainable, local Scottish produce in line with the company's target to be net zero by 2027. Levy will also introduce digital screens and other technologies at the venue.
In partnership with Rangers, Levy will be managing non-match day meetings, conferences and events, including private celebrations and Christmas parties.
The new partnership will facilitate further local employment and apprenticeship opportunities.
Jon Davies, managing director, Levy UK, said: "We're thrilled to partner with Rangers F.C. and to provide catering services at one of the largest sporting stadiums in Scotland. Compass Scotland already has strong roots in Glasgow, and we're confident we'll wow supporters and other guests at Ibrox as we deliver our award-winning expertise from across Scotland and the rest of the UK.
"With a focus on improving the guest experience, enhancing local, sustainable and plant-forward options, and creating local employment opportunities, we're excited about this partnership and can't wait to get started."
James Bisgrove, commercial and marketing director, Rangers FC, said: "Following an extremely competitive tender process, the innovative proposal and commercial offer from Levy stood out as a strong fit for Rangers Football Club and our supporters...
"The Rangers board is excited by the potential of this new partnership with Levy and the innovation they will undoubtedly bring to the catering offering both on match days and non-match days at Ibrox Stadium. The commercial opportunity for the club is vast given the innovative profit share model we have agreed, with the majority of profits being retained by Rangers."