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How Centerplate/Sodexo sports food division is kicking off new safety protocols in NFL comeback at Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium

Food service will be less of a contact sport and the game plan includes streamlined menus, mobile ordering, social distancing, pre-packaged food and more.

Touchdowns in public health and food safety aren’t measured in yards—they’re measured in  six feet of social distancing… and a real victory means keeping everyone at the stadium safe.

That’s the game plan at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium and Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, two venues that are among just a handful of football stadiums that will have fans attending games.

Both venues’ foodservice is managed by Centerplate/Sodexo Sports & Leisure North America, and the dining team is making the first plays into a very different season. From parking (no tailgating) to entranceways to lines to ordering food, eating it and finally exiting the stadium, there are new contact-minimizing protocols in place. All that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of Steve Pangburn, CEO, Centerplate/Sodexo Sports & Leisure North America.

“Of course I’m excited that football is back!” Pangburn says. “Even though there won’t be as many fans in the stands this season, it’s still going to be fun for me, as a fan of the sport, to watch the action on the field. The fans are excited to return, too, and our goal is to provide the finest fan experience in the safest environment possible.” Read on to see how different the experience will look.

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