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July 9, 2002

AEG Selects Aramark Sports and Entertainment for The Home Depot Center

AEG has selected ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment as the exclusive food and beverage operators for The Home Depot Center, it was announced by Timothy J. Leiweke, President of AEG, developers of the 85-acre / $130 million sports complex currently under construction.

Under the 10-year agreement, ARAMARK will manage all food and beverage services within The Home Depot Center including concessions, suite catering, special event hospitality and catering as well as the management of a 12,000 square foot stadium club restaurant.

Set to open in June, 2003, the complex features a 27,000-seat soccer stadium which will serve as the new home of the MLS Los Angeles Galaxy and other world class soccer events, a 13,000-seat tennis stadium, a velodrome, a track & field stadium and facilities for inline roller hockey, baseball, softball and basketball.  In addition, the unique \"sports campus\" will serve as the new home of the U.S. Soccer Federation and the Pete Sampras Tennis Academy.

\"We are pleased to have chosen ARAMARK as The Home Depot Center's exclusive caterers,\" said Leiweke.  \"Having worked closely with Dennis LaMalfa and his excellent organization and staff at STAPLES Center, we know that ARAMARK will provide our guests food service and amenities of the highest quality.\"

\"Fan satisfaction is our number one priority,\" said Dennis LaMalfa, Regional Vice President, ARAMARK Sports and Entertainment.  \"We will provide whatever it takes -- everything from light snacks to exquisite culinary creations -- in order to enhance the fans' experience at events at The Home Depot Center.\"

ARAMARK, based in Philadelphia, manages concessions, premium dining and retail services at over 100 premier sports and entertainment destinations across the United States.