Local company provides food to NFL fans in London

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LONDON (AP) – Delaware North, whose headquarters is located in downtown Buffalo, is the company in charge of all the food and drinks at Wembley Stadium, 20 minutes outside of London, where the Bills will face off against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

There is a lot of preparation that goes into serving 90,000 fans; Daniel Clark, Catering Services Director at Delaware North at Wembley explained to News 4’s Nalina Shapiro some of the challenges. “Literally, we are the sole caterers inside this stadium. There is nothing anyone else does except Delaware North,” he said.

Three hundred chefs will work for five days to prepare all the food needed for Sunday’s game. The station where the food is prepared is small – only a few feet wide and long.

Concessions Chef Gary Neale spent time in Buffalo preparing for this week. He says fans will experience hometown food, even in England.

“We’re doing a Buffalo wings with Louisiana sauce. Carrots, celery, then we fry it on the day-of and serve with a nice blue cheese dressing,” Neale said.

There will also be burgers, different rices and curry dishes. Chef Gary will be making calamari for Jaguars fans.

Neale said he makes triple the amount of food for NFL games as he usually prepares for soccer games. “Everything doubles up because Americans love it bigger and better,” said Chad Clark, a Delaware North Logistics Supervisor.

During soccer games fans can’t drink alcohol at their seats but for NFL games, fans can.

Fans can also tailgate in zones outside the stadium. Unlike in Buffalo, tailgating isn’t a part of sports culture in London.

In case it rains during the game, the roof closes over the seats but never over the field, or the pitch, as they call it in the UK.

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