Centerplate Chosen as Exclusive Food and Beverage Partner for St. John’s Convention Centre

March 8, 2018

The Board of Directors of St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Ltd. today announced the selection of  event hospitality leader Centerplate as the exclusive catering partner for the St. John’s Convention Centre (SJCC) following a comprehensive bid process.

Located in the heart of beautiful downtown St. John’s, SJCC offers state-of-the-art facilities for meetings, conferences and events. The 10-year contract will encompass all food and beverage services for events at SJCC, beginning June 1, 2018.

“Centerplate has an excellent reputation for working with local community partners and meeting planners to create unique and exceptional events. We’re excited to welcome this unmatched level of expertise during our growth phase,” said Sheena McCrate, CEO of St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Ltd. “Aligned with our vision to make SJCC a premiere boutique convention centre, Centerplate will play a major role in helping us create extraordinary experiences for SJCC clients and in-turn generate economic benefits for stakeholders throughout the City of St. John’s.”

“Destination St. John’s is pleased to welcome Centerplate as the new food and beverage provider at the St. John’s Convention Centre.” said CEO Cathy Duke. “We look forward to working with Centerplate to offer visitors and guests of SJCC a truly memorable experience and to promoting St. John’s as a world-class conference destination.”

Centerplate is recognized as the leading provider of food and beverage services to over 300 top-tier meeting and convention venues across Canada and the U.S., including the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara, the Scotiabank Centre arena in Halifax, Toronto’s Beanfield Centre, Whistler Conference Centre in British Columbia, Bell MTS Place (home of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets), BC Place Stadium, and the award-winning Vancouver Convention Centre.

“Everyone at Centerplate is exceptionally pleased to be chosen to play a role in the growth and success of this beautiful center,” said CEO Chris Verros. “Our proposal drew inspiration from the community, and we are excited to have this opportunity to complement the vibrant beating heart of downtown St. John’s with a venue experience that combines regional and global flavors and a dedication to unmatched hospitality for all guests. It’s truly an honour.”


About St. John’s Convention Centre

The newly expanded and renovated St. John’s Convention Centre opened in May 2016. The $70M facility boasts 47,000 square feet of divisible meeting room space that was built with modern sophistication and flexibility in mind to accommodate both large and small events. We combine well designed facilities, high-tech services, and a customer focused approach to ensure each client has a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable experience. For more information or to book your event visit or email


Media Contacts:

St. John’s Convention Centre

Michelle Eagles | SJCC Operations Manager | | 709.758.5498                                                     


Paul Pettas | | 203.975.5916

Open and ready for business

May 1, 2016

The newly expanded and renovated St. John’s Convention Centre (SJCC) is now open! This $65M expansion has doubled our space to 47,000 sq ft so more people can share in our unique destination. The rooms in our modern facility are larger and offer more flexible multi-use space for meetings, conferences and events than ever before!

“We have achieved a major milestone. Not only is the SJCC open for business….it’s open on time! No small feat, and it’s due to the combined efforts of all the excellent people working on this project. I’m very proud of what we have accomplished as a team!”, Sheena McCrate, CEO of St. John’s Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

The inaugural conference was held last week with great success and we are looking forward to hosting many more conferences and events in the coming months, including: the city-wide 46th Dominion Convention of the Royal Canadian Legion.

Visit our Spaces page to see the floor plans and visualize the new St. John’s Convention Centre!

Media Contact:

Michelle Eagles | SJCC Operations Manager | | 709.758.5498