Got the word last night that the Greensboro Coliseum has NOT renewed its service contract with Centerplate. Centerplate made significant upgrades to the coliseum food services equipment over the years as part of their contract. They also run the concessions at the Greensboro Grasshoppers and other area arenas and coliseums.
I don’t know the deal as why the contract wasn’t renewed. The coliseum might have found a vendor with a better split or Centerplate might have decided there wasn’t enough money making events at the coliseum.
There is some concern about the Grasshoppers situation as most businesses benefit from shared operations (i.e., having some employees work at both the coliseum and the ballpark). Will Centerplate remain in Greensboro? Is it worth the effort to maintain an operation in Greensboro that is only active 5 months out of the year? Time will tell.