Newcastle United Football Club has appointed Sodexo Prestige to run its conferencing and catering operation.
The five-year deal is worth an estimated £38m in total turnover.
The club's home, St James' Park, is the largest conference and banqueting facility in the North East. Sodexo Prestige will employ 1,100 employees at the club's catering, event and sales departments.
"The club already has an award-winning reputation for conference and catering, and that will be further enhanced by our relationship with Sodexo Prestige," said Newcastle United operations director David Williamson.
One of Sodexo's most immediate jobs will be Christmas parties - this December some 20,000 guests are expected at St. James' Park.
Other sporting venues on the Sodexo Prestige books include Ascot Racecourse, Everton FC and Hampden Park.
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