OU Partners with Levy for Gameday Dining

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Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
NORMAN, Okla. -- The University of Oklahoma has selected Levy Restaurants as the official dining and hospitality partner for OU Athletics in a multi-year deal beginning with the 2016-17 season. Levy, the premier hospitality provider for sports and entertainment venues across North America, will enhance fan experiences in premium dining, concessions and catering operations across OU’s athletics facilities, including Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and Lloyd Noble Center.

A first for the fan experience this season, the new south end zone area features social gathering spaces with all-inclusive menus from the club level lounge to the viewing terrace. Levy has partnered with OU to craft the hospitality program for that space.

“Levy Restaurants brings to OU one of the best reputations in sports and entertainment dining,” said Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione. “Fans who have visited the premium spaces at the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City are already familiar with Levy and aware of fine offerings they present. We’re constantly on the lookout for ways to serve and impress our fans. Levy has the experience and know-how to help us do that and we’re proud to be partnering with them.”

“The opportunity to redefine the college gameday experience is one of the most exciting things happening in sports today,” said Andy Lansing, President and CEO of Levy Restaurants. “We’re honored to be selected by the University of Oklahoma, which has a vision for setting a new benchmark and designing the new Sooner hospitality experience together.”

Levy Senior Executive Chef Mark Mabry and Executive Chef Jeremy Seal will lead the dining team at OU, tapping into Oklahoma’s passion for barbecue, bison and fan favorites. Notable debuts on this season’s menu include the Sooner Sausage (infused with bacon and barbecue sauce, and topped with a bacon jalapeño jam) and the Boomer Brat. Sooner Nachos – always a fan favorite – will get an upgrade. Crimson tortilla chips will be topped with house made chili, nacho cheese, pickled jalapenos and sour cream.

New this season to premium seating areas, fans will be treated to all-inclusive chef tables with seasonal Oklahoma inspired menus. Fans in the new loge seats in the south end zone will enjoy in-seat service featuring bison dogs and the Jason White Southern Burger with Sooner ranch kettle chips, while never having to miss a snap.

Levy Restaurants’ portfolio of collegiate partners spans all five major athletics conferences: University of Colorado Boulder, Iowa State, University of Missouri, The Ohio State University, Oregon State, Purdue, Texas A&M, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Notre Dame and University of New Mexico.

About the University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma Athletics Department, home of the Sooners, is one of the premier brands in American college sports.  OU sponsors 21 intercollegiate sports and has won 32 NCAA National Championships, including three in 2016.  Oklahoma’s football program has captured seven national titles and five Heisman Trophies, the most prestigious individual award in college football.  Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on the OU campus regularly plans host to more than 85,000 fans.  The stadium has also played host to U2 and The Rolling Stones.

About Levy Restaurants
The original disruptor in defining the premium sports and entertainment dining experience, Levy remains one of America’s fastest growing and most critically acclaimed restaurant companies. Named one of the 10 most innovative companies in sports by Fast Company magazine and 2015 NHL Retailer of the Year, Levy’s diverse portfolio includes award-winning restaurants, iconic sports and entertainment venues like the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (PSC), Barclays Center, Ford Field, Wrigley Field, StubHub Center, convention centers as well as the Grammy Awards, PGA Championship, US Open Tennis Tournament, Kentucky Derby, and NHL, MLB and NBA All-Star Games. For more, visit LevyRestaurants.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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