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Shaq’s Big Chicken opens at UBS Arena


Shaq’s Big Chicken opens at UBS Arena

The Shaquille O’Neal owned chicken brand has opened at The New York Islanders new UBS Arena

Shaq’s Big Chicken has come to the UBS Arena, the $1.5bn development next to the famous Belmont Park horse race track. The new Big Chicken location is planned to open when the venue when it hosts its first event on Saturday, November 20.

“We’re fortunate to partner with Oak View Group and Delaware North to bring our restaurant to the new home of the Islanders and to be part of Greater New York’s majestic live entertainment experience,” said Josh Halpern, CEO of Big Chicken.  

“And, I know people will go wild for the The Islander sandwich, which comes served on a Blue and Orange bagel from Blue Line Deli. Let’s go BIG, Islanders!” 

Big Chicken has been targeting newly built sports and entertainment venues. In October, Big Chicken opened in Seattle’s new Climate Pledge Arena, which uses Amazon’s Just Walk Out and Amazon One technology. The technology allows customers to insert a credit card into a device at the start of their shop or hover their palm over an Amazon One device before entering. The Just Walk Out technology will determine what has been taken and charges customers accordingly. 

Offerings at the new UBS Arena location include the Islander sandwich (fried chicken breast, ranch, cream cheese and pickles on a blue and orange colored plain bagel), the M.D.E. Chicken (Shaq Sauce, chicken breast and B&B Pickles) and Uncle Jerome (Nashville hot chicken, mayo and pickles), along with chicken tenders, fries, sodas, ice cream sandwiches and a BIG Cookie, which is the circumference of an NBA basketball.

The new UBS Arena location will be operated by Delaware North, a leading food service company that manages nearly 50 sports and entertainment venues worldwide. 

Big Chicken also recently signed a multi-unit deal in Seattle.

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