Delaware North and NHL’s Islanders Set To Debut New UBS Arena

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UBS Arena has been designed for artists and concerts with input from Live Nation and is one of the only arenas in the world built specifically for hockey.
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UBS Arena, the new home of the NHL’s New York Islanders Hockey Club, and Delaware North are set to make their much-anticipated debut this month.

Developed in partnership with Oak View Group, the New York Islanders and Jeff Wilpon – UBS Arena, located on the border of Queens and Long Island in Belmont Park, is a state-of-the-art venue that will host more than 150 sports and entertainment events each year, including the NHL’s Islanders, live music and entertainment from a roster of world class artists, and local community events.

UBS Arena offers the highest end amenities and customer service, across concessions and through VIP suites and clubs that merge boutique hospitality with a live entertainment setting.


“UBS Arena will be the blueprint for arenas of the future, and we are proud to bring our ever-advancing model of hospitality to the table,” said Jerry Jacobs Jr., CEO of Delaware North.

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“We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Tim Leiweke, Peter Luukko and the Oak View Group team and work with Islanders owners Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky, as well as Sterling Equities EVP Jeff Wilpon to be part of their vision for the sports and entertainment landscape in New York.”

Delaware North is leveraging its culinary talent and operational experience in New York, including its Patina Restaurant Group and relationships with top chefs and restaurateurs, to bring a refreshed approach to arena food and beverage offerings in both concessions and premium areas at UBS Arena.

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UBS Arena clubs and suites will have a timeless design inspired by iconic New York bars and cocktail lounges, like the Verizon Lounge (above).

In concessions, Delaware North will feature market style outlets that offer a mix of hot, fresh prepared food selections complemented by a variety of ready to go meals and self-serve snack and beverage options.

The markets will use a streamlined checkout process, with self-checkout, mobile ordering and other cashless payment technology.

UBS Arena boasts 12 of the markets – three of which will be large, multi-concept designs housing several different prepared foods and menu options.

Another market will feature a 100 footlong tailgate bar to create a destination where guests can socialize before, during and after the event.

Beyond the markets, Delaware North will provide a full accompaniment of premium hospitality services at UBS Arena in 56 suites, 22 UBS Club lofts and five major club areas throughout the arena.

“As we get closer to UBS Arena’s official opening, we look forward to partnering with Delaware North to offer fans a food and beverage program unlike any other venue in the New York Metro area,” said Hank Abate, President of Arena Operations.

“In addition to utilizing innovative technologies for contactless payment solutions and leveraging the area’s top culinary talent, UBS Arena is proud to be working with Delaware North to help further our commitment to supplying sustainable, local and healthy food and beverage offerings.”

Through UBS Arena’s partnership with Delaware North, all unused food from both the front and back of the house will be distributed to local food banks.

UBS Arena will additionally work with Delaware North to develop the venue’s food and beverage program with an emphasis on locally sourced, sustainable and healthy ingredients.

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UBS Arena clubs and suites will have a timeless design inspired by iconic New York bars and cocktail lounges, like the UBS Club (above).

Delaware North is set to source 75% of food ingredients within a 300-mile radius based on seasonality.

Their culinary team will source produce that is certified USDA Organic as well as eggs from cage free hens. In addition, the new arena’s menus will meet the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Watch rating.

UBS Arena menus will also feature plant-based proteins, including vegan and vegetarian offerings.

Delaware North is also committed to using paper products within the venue will be compostable and to source antibiotic and hormone free proteins and grass-fed beef.

The food and beverage operation was designed by noted kitchen designers Duray/ J.F. Duncan with the support of Stafford Smith. Among the key innovations is the use of combi-cooking technology to execute the diverse suite and concession menus. To accomplish that goal the design build team specified Rational’s industry leading combis.

UBS Arena was built to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for New Construction.

In an effort to build a greener future and minimize environmental impact, UBS Arena intends on being 100% carbon neutral, utilizing renewable energy by 2024, which will make it the first arena to do so on the eastern seaboard.

“We’re prepared to deliver the highest culinary standards using our industry-leading expertise in food and beverage programming, implementing multiple service styles and developing chef-created signature menu items,” said James Obletz, president of Delaware North Sportservice.

In addition to owning and operating TD Garden – home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics – Delaware North operates concessions, premium dining, event catering, year round restaurants and retail at more than 50 venues across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Asia.

The company’s U.S. operating locations include the new Globe Life Field in Texas, the new Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and Lambeau Field in Green Bay. 

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