Centerplate and Miami Beach Convention Center Announce Contract Extension
November 20, 2018
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. & STAMFORD, Conn., November 20, 2018 – Centerplate, North America’s leading convention center hospitality provider, and The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) have announced an agreement to extend the food and beverage contract at the Center. The newly signed extension comes as the MBCC reopens after an all-encompassing $620 million renovation.
“By continuing our relationship with Centerplate, we feel confident in the food and beverage that our guests will receive here,” said Jimmy Morales, City Manager for the City of Miami Beach. “As we bring Miami Beach further into the international spotlight as an elite destination for large-scale events of all kinds—I’m excited to have a locally-curated, guest-centric catering offering for everyone to enjoy.”
The Miami Beach Convention Center has undergone an extensive $620 million renovation that has modernized the facility, making it one of the most technologically advanced convention centers in North America. The project, which features 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, includes a 60,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom that is the largest in the region and a 20,000 square foot rooftop sunset view ballroom.
“We are very proud to carry on our long-lasting relationship with the City of Miami Beach as one of the top convention centers in the world enters a new era,” added Sal Ferrulo, Executive Vice President, Centerplate. “This is a world-class facility and we look forward to having a best-in-class culinary program for years to come, led by General Manager Danny Medina and Executive Chef Ismael Lasalle.”
With six acres of green space and canopy trees, the center is committed to sustainability and has invested $7 million in acquiring public art, one of the largest public commissions in the nation. In 2019, the six-acre parking lot right across the street will be converted into a public park, adding 1,287 trees to the city’s landscape. The renovated building is also LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Upcoming event highlights at the MBCC include the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival and world-renowned Art Basel Miami Beach, which attracts more than 90,000 attendees from around the world.
About the Miami Beach Convention Center
The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) is located on a 52-acre campus in the heart of Miami Beach with easy access to some of South Florida’s best hotels, beaches, shopping, dining and entertainment. The convention center is located 12 miles east of Miami International Airport and within walking distance of the Art Deco District, Lincoln Road and world-famous beaches. For general information, visit www.miamibeachconventioncenter.com or call 786-276-2600.
Centerplate is a global leader in live event hospitality, "Making It Better To Be There®" for more than 116 million guests each year at more than 300 prominent entertainment, sports and convention venues. Strategically acquired in December 2017 by world leader in Quality of Life services Sodexo, Centerplate has provided event hospitality services to more than 30 official U.S. Presidential Inaugural Balls, 14 Super Bowls and 22 World Series. Visit the company online at Centerplate.com, connect via Twitter @centerplate, Instagram @Centerplate_ or Facebook.com/centerplate.
Paul Pettas, Centerplate
Sabrina Anico, Miami Beach Convention Center/Spectra Venue Management