University of Kansas has new concession operator

LAWRENCE | The University of Kansas has hired a new company to provide concessions at its sports events.

Centerplate, with executive offices in Connecticut, will replace Mid-America Concessions, which had provided concessions at Kansas sports events since 1990.

Kansas associate athletic director Jim Marchiony said the new 10-year contract requires Centerplate to pay a percentage of net operating profits to the university. The company also will spend $1.1 million for improvements to several concession stands, including Allen Fieldhouse and Memorial Stadium.

Losing the Kansas sports contract means Mid-America Concessions, which employed 75 full- and part-time workers during the sports seasons, will be forced to close.