Sunderland AFC’s catering and events wing scoops award

1879 SAFC team
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One of Wearside’s most successful football teams has scooped more silverware – with a new award for its off-pitch performance.

1879 Events Management, the events and catering arm of Sunderland AFC, are celebrating after being awarded silver in the Operations Team of the Year category at the Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2015.

The prestigious ceremony, organised annually by Stadium Experience, recognises and rewards the efforts and dedication shown by the catering, conference and events teams at football and rugby stadiums across the UK.

The team from 1879 Events Management, based at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, impressed the awards committee and sponsors’ judging panel with their ability to cater for all manner of audiences at events of differing scales, which included business dinners, award ceremonies and project launches, with more than 1,000 events taking place at the stadium in 2014 alone.

The firm’s wide range of hospitality packages, delivered at football fixtures and an array of specialist events, including high profile pop and rock concerts at the Stadium of Light, was also instrumental in the team’s success.

Gary Hutchinson, commercial director for 1879 Events Management, said: “Since its launch in 2012, 1879 Events Management has helped the Stadium of Light evolve from a sporting arena to an award-winning venue, that offers the perfect combination of superb facilities, first-class service and top-flight football.

“We’re thrilled that these efforts have now been recognised nationally at the Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards and look forward to continuing this success throughout 2015 and beyond.”

The award-winning team are looking to boost bookings at the Stadium of Light for the rest of 2015, with a range of offers, including free room hire for events involving 50 people or more, and daily delegate rates starting from the reduced cost of £28 per person.

For more information about 1879 Events Management, which also manages catering and events at National Glass Centre, Sunderland and Beach House bistro, Roker, visit www.1879events, call 0871 911 1269, email or follow @1879Events on Twitter.