Cooperstown All Star Village Partners with Sodexo Live! to Enhance Dining Experience for Players and Families | News Direct

Cooperstown All Star Village Partners with Sodexo Live! to Enhance Dining Experience for Players and Families

News release by Ripken Baseball

facebook icon linkedin icon twitter icon pinterest icon email icon COOPERSTOWN, NY | April 04, 2023 08:57 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Cooperstown All Star Village, the youth baseball resort located in baseball’s birthplace, announced a new partnership with Sodexo Live!, a global leader in hospitality for the world’s most iconic venues and events. Starting this summer, Sodexo Live! will deliver new menu concepts at the onsite restaurant and overhaul the dining experience for more than 10,000 families that visit Cooperstown All Star Village each summer. The complex will also add more “live” cooking options with pizza ovens, BBQ pits, and additional restaurant seating with live music.

Sodexo Live! serves a wide range of major and minor league sports, including the Seattle Mariners’ T-Mobile Park, touted as the #1 dining experience in Major League Baseball (Thrillist). They also provide the optimal nutrition for student-athletes at the University of Michigan and the University of Florida, as well as the athletes who will compete in the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“We want our families to have a world-class experience when they visit and compete at Cooperstown All Star Village – and a significant part of that experience is how they fuel their bodies when they spend a week at our resort,” said Rick Abbott, CEO of Cooperstown All Star Village. “Sodexo Live! is responsible for the nutrition of athletes at top Division I programs and even Olympians. Our young athletes and their families deserve to be in that company.”

New menu concepts for the All Star Tavern, the onsite restaurant at Cooperstown All Star Village, will focus on local and signature specialties to reflect the culture and influence of the region. The team dining experience will be highlighted by fresh selections that maximize nutrition. Sodexo Live! will serve three meals per day to all participants for 12 consecutive weeks of programming.

“Cooperstown All Star Village is a rite of passage for any young baseball player and something they’ll remember for a lifetime,” said Sal Ferrulo, Executive Vice President of Sodexo Live! “We want the dining experience for players and their families to be part of those unforgettable memories. Our mission is to meet their needs and help optimize their performance on and off the field.”

Sodexo Live! has existing relationships with local suppliers and purveyors in the region through their operations at Holiday Valley, and multiple venues within Lake Placid through its partnership with the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority.

About Cooperstown All Star Village

Cooperstown All Star Village™ is a world-class youth baseball experience and family resort located in the birthplace of baseball. In addition to major league-style baseball fields and amenities, Cooperstown All Star Village offers onsite lodging for the whole family, full-service dining, heated swimming pools, and entertainment. As of 2023, the facilities at Cooperstown All Star Village are part of the Ripken Baseball family of complexes. Learn more at

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.

About Ripken Baseball:

Ripken Baseball® brings teammates, coaches, and families together through its Big League Experiences while teaching children how to play sports the right way – the Ripken Way. Ripken Baseball continues to innovate the game through tournaments, camps, clinics, and spring training at their state-of-the-art baseball and softball facilities – The Ripken Experience® Aberdeen (Maryland), The Ripken Experience® Myrtle Beach (South Carolina), The Ripken Experience® Pigeon Forge (Tennessee), The Ripken Experience® Elizabethtown (Kentucky), and Cooperstown All Star Village (New York). Ripken Baseball also brings its youth sports experience to satellite locations through Ripken Select Tournaments. Learn more at


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