Through a collaboration with Professional Sports Catering, the Fresno Grizzlies (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) are looking to improve the concessions at Chukchansi Park.
In the decision to bring in PSC, the Grizzlies are looking to accomplish a few objectives. One is to improve the ballpark’s menu options, while overhauling the look of their stands. Additionally, the club is hoping for increased efficiency and reduced lines.
Over the last few years, the Grizzlies have gotten some attention for their food-related initiatives. The club has incorporated taco trucks as part of their promotions, and Farm Grown Fridays has been a successful offering.
The Grizzlies confirmed that the taco trucks will continue to be featured at the ballpark, but general manager Derek Franks says that the agreement with PSC stands to improve the concession operations on multiple levels. More from the Fresno Bee:
Franks predicted the Grizzlies, after operating at a loss almost every year since the Triple-A franchise rooted in Fresno in 1998, should be on track to break even by 2018 thanks partly to the new concessions agreement.
As part of the deal, PSC will invest $500,000 to upgrade food-service facilities and equipment.
Fans can expect to see new signage throughout the park. Faster debit card and credit card systems should help customers move through more quickly.
Many ballpark favorites will remain on the menu, and local taco trucks still will be invited. But the Grizzlies will introduce additional food items closer to opening day April 6.
The Fresno City Council will have to sign off on the five-year contract before it becomes official. The council is expected to consider the issue on Thursday morning.