PISCATAWAY, N.J. — The Rutgers athletics department continues to take steps in reducing the financial investment of the university in its programs. Announcing a deal today with Sodexo Inc. for all concessions and catering, Rutgers stands to vastly improve its profit from food sales during the span of the 10-year deal.
Athletic director Tim Pernetti, the architect of the deal, has made it a top goal for the department to reduce the university’s financial role in athletics.
“We are truly excited about our new relationship with Sodexo, which is another major step in enhancing the fan, student and student-athlete experience at Rutgers,” said Pernetti in a statement released today. “Our partnership will provide a new and exciting array of food and payment options for all of our fans while delivering the very best in customer service.”
More than the traditional hotdog and hamburger options seen at college venues, Sodexo offers fans and patrons a variety of sophisticated and creative options at relatively low costs.
At games, the concessions options will be vastly expanded from last year. New options include specialty concession stands for carved meat sandwiches, ultimate nachos, pulled pork sandwiches and pasta. Other specialty stands include lemonade and hot chocolate stands, a special end zone grill, loaded tater tots and the much coveted chicken tenders and fries basket.
Sodexo and Rutgers have also reached an agreement to sell Papa John’s pizza at High Point Solution Stadium and Auntie Anne’s pretzels at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.
The dining options become even more diverse when it comes to the Audi Club Lounge, which offers everything from carved meat stations to vegetable and hummus stations.
Sodexo replaces Rutgers Dining Services in catering, concessions and training-table meals for the athletic department, but it will have no effect on students’ ability to use meal swipes at events.
Under the old system, students could cash in one meal swipe for up to $10 worth of concessions at any sporting event. That will not change under Sodexo.