Sodexo Live! Selected As Hospitality Partner for New F&M Bank Arena
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Ahead of the grand opening in July 2023, Sodexo Live! today announced its appointment as food and beverage partner to the newly built F&M Bank Arena in Clarksville, Tennessee, located an hour outside of Nashville. As the hospitality partner to the world’s most iconic venues, Sodexo Live! will bring its global expertise in live event hospitality to the venue managed by Sabertooth Sports and Entertainment (SS&E), a division of the Nashville Predators.
The 250,000 sq. foot, 6,000-seat facility will serve as the home venue for nearby Austin Peay State University’s men’s and women’s basketball. The venue will also operate year-round to host concerts, conventions, trade shows, banquets and other large events.
“Sodexo Live! has a strong presence in both Middle Tennessee and around the world, so we knew that partnering with them would mean bringing a top-tier experience to those who visit the arena,” F&M Bank Arena General Manager Kylie Wilkerson said. “We can’t wait to start strong with this team and provide our guests an outstanding hospitality experience from the beginning.”
The arena’s thoughtful design features retractable seating to provide additional floor space, as well as luxury suites, high-end locker rooms and more. Sodexo Live! will also operate food and beverage at the newest Ford Ice Center, which is attached to the arena, providing space for hockey tournaments, lessons and community skates. F&M Bank Arena is a centerpiece in downtown Clarksville, and is poised to have a significant economic contribution to the area.
“As the experts in hospitality across a wide range of event venues, we’re thrilled to be partnering with F&M Bank Arena to develop a thorough hospitality program that will cater to the wide range of events they offer,” Sodexo Live! North America Executive Vice President Sal Ferrulo said. “This is a wonderful addition to the area, and we’re excited to hit the ground running.”
F&M Bank Arena joins a growing list of Sodexo Live! partner venues in Middle Tennessee, including Music City Center, First Horizon Park (home of the Nashville Sounds), Third and Home restaurant and bar, Nashville Superspeedway and FirstBank Amphitheater, as well as Sodexo-managed Austin Peay State University campus dining.
About F&M Bank Arena
F&M Bank Arena is located in the heart of downtown Clarksville, TN. The venue’s primary tenant is Austin Peay State University men’s and women’s basketball. In addition, the arena’s flexible event space with seating for up to 6,000 can host sporting events, concerts, rehearsals, banquets, conventions, trade shows and more.
About Sodexo Live!
Sodexo Live! manages prestigious conference, cultural, and sporting venues and major events all over the world. With 40,000 employees and 500 sites, Sodexo Live! offers clients a range of bespoke catering, sales, and event management services, helping to transform the consumer experience into unforgettable memories. Sodexo Live! commits to unlocking customers’ full potential while favoring local communities. Sodexo Live! contributes to the success of prestigious events such as Royal Ascot, the Tour de France, the Rugby World Cup and soon the Paris 2024 Games, and showcases exceptional venues such as the Eiffel Tower Restaurants, Bateaux Parisiens, Yachts de Paris, the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Museo del Prado in Madrid, the Hard Rock Stadium, the Scottish National Gallery, and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.