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HUNGRY FANS WILL SCORE BIG AT SAN JOSE ARENA; ARA SERVICES FEATURES BRAND-NAME MENUS AND SHARKS INAUGURAL SEASON NOVELTY ITEMS

 SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- With just three more days before the San Jose Sharks season home opener at the new San Jose Arena, ARA Services is busy stocking the Arena kitchens and concession stands in preparation for the 17,100 hungry hockey fans who are expected to descend on the Arena Thursday night.
 "Judging from the tremendous volume of products -- both food and novelties -- that fans bought during the pre-season games, we're preparing to serve up literally 2,500 hot dogs, 1,500 burgers and 1,000 gallons of soda on opening night," said Jay Smith, general manager for ARA Services, the food and novelty service manager for the Arena.
 Smith said he also expects his staff will prepare 1,500 sausage sandwiches, 1,000 six-inch personal pizzas, 100 pounds of popcorn, and they'll scoop 160,000 ice cubes to keep all that soda ice-cold.
 AN ARRAY OF CHOICES AND SERVICE
 On opening night and throughout the season, over 500 ARA employees will staff 120 points of service in the Arena. Points of service include concession stands like Deli Corner, Sausage Haus and Gretel's Bakery, which feature ARA brands popular at other stadiums and arenas, brand-name concessions, club-level grills, and portable stands with beer, mixed drinks and other, varied food items.
 Sharks fans are sure to recognize some of their favorite Bay Area foods on the Arena concourses. Roundtable Pizza is selling personal- size pizzas with pepperoni, and Carl's Jr. Restaurants is offering the Carl's Original hamburger, the Western bacon cheeseburger, and a barbecue chicken sandwich. San Jose-based Mexico Lindo Restaurants are also represented, offering burritos, quesadillas, tamales, tacos, chimichangas and nachos. All three eateries have two locations each in the Arena.
 "The idea of offering brand-name food items to Arena guests is part of our overall program to work with as many local suppliers and vendors as possible," explained Smith. "ARA is committed to incorporating local flavors into each of the arenas and stadiums we manage. In San Jose, Mexican food is a favorite, and we're delighted that Mexico Lindo has joined our operation here. At Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, the ARA stadium specialties are Maryland crabcakes and crab soup."
 In addition to Mexico Lindo, Roundtable Pizza and Carl's Jr., Smith is using products from Stephen's Sausage (San Jose), Gordon Biersch Brewery (Palo Alto), and Oh-La-La Espresso Services (San Francisco).
 GO SHARKS!
 Of course, what would a hockey game be without official team T-shirts, pennants and hats? The Sharks Store, also managed by ARA Services, features exclusive, inaugural-year Arena collectibles such as limited edition pennants, coin collectibles and hockey pucks. The store is located on the Arena's main level and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sharks Stores are also located in the Vallco Fashion Park Mall in Cupertino, the Tanforan Mall in San Bruno, and the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton.
 ARA Leisure Services manages food and concessions for arenas and stadiums nationwide and in Canada. ARA is a privately held, international, diversified service management company with nearly $5 billion in annual sales. Based in Philadelphia, ARA employs 124,000 people worldwide and provides quality services for industry, institutions, government and the general public in the areas of food and leisure, uniform rental and maintenance, periodical distribution, health care and child care.
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 /CONTACT: Jay Smith of ARA Services, 408-999-5735, or Christine Reimert of The Tierney Group, 215-732-4100, for ARA Services/


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