Saturday, July 08, 2000

Stadium seeks 800 for vending jobs

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Aramark Sports & Entertainment, the company contracted to provide food service at Paul Brown Stadium, still needs about 800 people to serve goodies, ring up sales, wait on fans in luxury suites, and deliver food and drinks to people sitting in club seats.

        Aramark officials say they'll import the help from Indianapolis or Louisville if they can't find it locally. But they'd rather have the money stay in town.

        General Manager John Banchy said his company has hit job fairs and is ready to launch a media blitz in an attempt to get the word out that jobs are available.

        Mr. Banchy said all workers need to be on board by Aug. 1 in order to work the Aug. 19 game against the Chicago Bears. They hope to have 2,000 servers in place for the first game.

        “That's a high number, but we intend to have overkill,” Mr. Banchy said. “We want to make a good first impression.”

        The company also is targeting nonprofit groups that can send at least 10 people to do the work. The nonprofit then gets to keep 10 percent of the sales.

        Concessions Manager Terry Smith said a group can earn between $2,000 and $50,000 by working home games this season.

        “That's equal to a lot of carwashes and a lot of bake sales,” he said.

        Among the jobs available:

        • Concession stand attendants earn about $8 per hour plus 50 cents per beer sold.

        • Seating bowl vendors earn 10 percent of beer sales and 13 percent on soda and food. Mr. Smith said beer vendors can count on selling at least nine cases of beer per game.

        • In-seat servers will take orders from people sitting in club seats. Servers will be equipped with computers around their necks, on which they will input the food order and seating section, so the information can be instantly printed out in the nearest kitchen. Servers make $8.50 per hour plus tips.

        • Runners actually bring the food to people in the club seats. They are paid $8 per hour, plus 25 cents for each item delivered.

        Employees can expect to work about 10 hours on a game day.

        Any person or group interested in finding out more about the stadium jobs can call (513) 651-0346.


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