State Fair Park in Oklahoma City Taps Sodexo as Hospitality Partner

February 04, 2014

Sodexo’s logistical agility and expertise in managing large-scale events wins a 5-year contract with nations premiere venue for horse shows

State Fair Park in Oklahoma City Taps Sodexo as Hospitality Partner

GAITHERSBURG, Md., February 4, 2014 — Sodexo, the global leader in Quality of Life Services, today announced that it was selected for an 5-year contract as the official hospitality partner at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Home to more than 200 events per year and one of the nation’s top equine facilities, State Fair Park hosts such marquee events as the American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show, the United States Team Roping Championship Finals, the Grand National & World Championship Morgan Horse Show, the International Finals Rodeo and the annual Oklahoma State Fair.

“As we continue to grow our business at State Fair Park, we are excited about the opportunity to bring Sodexo on board as our hospitality partner,” said Tim O’Toole, president & CEO of Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. “The improvements that have been made in recent years have raised the level of expectation for everyone who visits our facilities. We look to Sodexo to enhance our overall food and beverage presentation.”

Sodexo’s global experience and success with large-scale events (an expanding portfolio) will ensure an enhanced customer experience at State Fair Park. Similar partnerships include Sodexo being the official food, beverage and hospitality partner to Circuit of The Americas, the Dakar Rally, and the Royal Ascot to name a few. While the top priority is to improve the performance and quality of life of its clients and customers, Sodexo is also a strong supporter of the communities in which it operates, frequently collaborating with area nonprofits.

“Whether it’s ensuring a great game experience for the millions fans we serve during a given season or the astute followers of equestrian events, it takes skilled customer insights, logistical acumen and a talented team to deliver a truly memorable event,” said Steve DiPrima, president, leisure services, Sodexo. “We are excited that State Fair Park saw all of these qualities in Sodexo, and we look forward to showcasing it in the work ahead.”

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About State Fair Park in Oklahoma City
State Fair Park is located on 435 acres at the convergence of Interstates 40 and 44, approximately 3 miles west of downtown Oklahoma City.  The property is owned by the City of Oklahoma City and managed through a long-term management agreement with Oklahoma State Fair, Inc.  InFAIRmation, the official newsletter of State Fair Park and the Oklahoma State Fair, is now available as a free online publication.  Subscribe by visiting us at http://www.okstatefair.com/ and clicking on the “About Us/Newsletter” section. For more information regarding State Fair Park, please contact the Administrative Offices at (405) 948-6700.  Find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or visit us at http://www.okstatefair.com/.

Sodexo in North America
Sodexo, Inc. (http://www.sodexousa.com/), leading Quality of Life services company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On-site Services in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Benefits and Rewards Services and Personal and Home Services. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (http://www.sodexofoundation.org/), an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $22 million in grants to end childhood hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at blogs.sodexousa.com.

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Contacts
Samuel Wells
Sodexo
301 987 4893
samuel.wells@sodexo.com  

Jenny Grigsby
State Fair Park
405 948 6708
jgrigsby@okstatefair.com



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