Award-winning PDQ restaurants (People Dedicated to Quality) is proud to announce a partnership with the National Football League’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers beginning with the upcoming 2019 season. The partnership includes PDQ’s designation as the Official Chicken Tender of the Buccaneers and two concession stands on the main concourse at Raymond James Stadium, which will serve PDQ favorites for every ticketed event at the venue.
PDQ started in Tampa in 2011 and now has 67 locations in 11 states. With 15 area restaurants, PDQ is also the ideal gameday destination for all Buccaneers fans for all of their pre and post-game needs, including catering for tailgating or away game watch parties. PDQ is open seven days a week for dine-in, take-out, drive-thru or catering.
As part of the multi-year agreement, the Buccaneers and PDQ will work together to engage fans through unique marketing initiatives at Raymond James Stadium and throughout the Tampa Bay community. The partnership allows for marketing and PR initiatives, such as exclusive sweepstakes, Buccaneers themed Street Team activations and fan focused contests. Branding in Raymond James Stadium is also a component of the partnership and PDQ will also serve as the exclusive food provider for pre-flight meals for all Buccaneers road games.
PDQ and Outback Steakhouse Co-Founder Bob Basham, along with PDQ CEO and Co-Founder Nick Reader, are the two principal owners of PDQ and the partners spent more than two years developing the concept behind the brand and the quality of the food and establishments. Prior to his current position, Reader was the CEO of MVP Holdings, a private investment firm and also served as CFO of the Buccaneers, the youngest at the time in the National Football League.
“We are thrilled to partner with the Buccaneers and the Glazer family, and bring our homegrown roots into Raymond James Stadium,” said Reader. “The entire Buccaneers organization are People Dedicated to Quality like our team, and we can’t wait to showcase our famous tenders and signature sauces for their home games.”
PDQ's menu features its famous hand-breaded chicken tenders, signature homemade sauces and dressings, and hand-crafted sandwiches like the Buffy Bleu. PDQ always uses never frozen chicken and its chef-driven recipes and mindful ingredients are typically found in a fine casual restaurant with the value, speed and convenience of the fast food and fast casual segment. Over the years, PDQ has handled post-game meals for many of the NFL and college football teams that have visited Tampa.
“We are excited to welcome PDQ as our newest partners as we embark on this new era of Buccaneers football,” said Buccaneers Chief Operating Officer Brian Ford. “Adding an established local favorite such as PDQ to our concessions offerings at Raymond James Stadium is yet another example of our commitment to continually improving the game day experience for our fans.”