Hull fans reassured as KC Stadium refreshments firm enters administration
THE owners of the KC Stadium have moved to reassure sports fans there will be refreshments available despite the catering company going into administration.
Events Management Catering Ltd (EMC) provides the snacks, meals and refreshments during both Hull City and Hull FC games.
Administrators BCIA, which specialises in the cafeteria industry, has taken over the running of the company.
However, it remains unclear what will happen while the administrators search for a new buyer.
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The Allam family, which owns the Stadium Management Company running the KC, have no concerns about being left without catering during forthcoming football or rugby league fixtures.
They understand the company is still trading until a buyer is found.
A spokesman for the Allams said: "The administrators are running EMC and we are speaking to them on a daily basis."
The Mail understands staff working for EMC at the stadium are concerned about their jobs and what will happen in the future. The staff numbers involved are not known.
Last month, the Allams stated they would consider handing back control of the stadium to Hull City Council after revealing the costs associated with running the stadium.
They have been criticised for charging both clubs for hanging memorabilia in the stadium.
They told the Mail they spend £70,000 a year subsidising the catering and beer facilities.
Uxbridge-based EMC is involved in supplying catering services in education, transport and work places.
It is also responsible for providing food and refreshments for several other stadiums in Yorkshire including the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster, Saints Stadium in St Helens, the Shay Stadium in Halifax and Coral Windows Stadium in Bradford.
It isn't clear why the company, which claims to serve 77 million people world wide, has hit such financial problems.
The company, which has been around for 30 years, also employs 2,000 chefs to create the menus.
Events Management Catering Ltd referred all calls to the administrators but no one from BCIA was available for comment.