The Dilemma of Food at Sports Games

Australians love watching sports live, it’s one of our favourite past times. And when it comes to a night at the football, it’s not complete without a snack or two to munch on (and maybe a couple of drinks), regardless of whether you’re cheering on your team or commiserating an imminent loss. But there’s one issue that all sports fans can agree on, no matter which side they support, and that’s the often low quality and exorbitant prices of food on offer.

What Foods do Sports Fans Want at Venues?

We’ve all seen people pouring their ire onto Facebook and Twitter (see this news article as the perfect example) about terrible food quality, food prices, and service during stadium matches. We all know the feeling of eating soggy half-cooked hamburgers and smushed up chips while chugging down a beer worth as much as your shoes. But what can actually be done about it?

A Potential Solution

In 2012, Kevin Perry – who was among the Top 24 contestants of MasterChef Australia Season 4 – visited stadiums after being eliminated from the show. He set out to find out why most people in stadiums hate their food.

He got the idea because he himself was a victim of bad stadium food. “Big Kev” as people call him, launched a campaign and a website with links to Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter, asking people what they hated and what they wanted from their stadium food. He then wanted to present the results to stadium owners, who had done little to improve their food services. 

Despite all his hard work, it seems like not much has changed. People still complain about the quality of food choices at stadiums and arenas all over Australia, although some have made an effort to improve food choices. 

If you’re not impressed by the food on offer at stadiums matches, here’s a few things you can do…

Tips to Avoid Stadium Junk Foods

  • Eat at home before the game. Stadium foods can be excessively costly and also bad for you. Avoid those hot dogs full of trans fats or overly salty chips by making sure you don’t go to the game hungry. 
  • Bring your own water or drinks if the stadium allows it. It’s important to stay hydrated, particularly if it’s a daytime game. 
  • Know the rules about food. If the stadium allows outside food, you can pack a cooler full of food to keep you going, no matter how long the game is. Not only will this save you money, but it also means you won’t waste time lining up for food. 
  • Hot chips are usual stadium fanfare, but they are incredibly high in salt and can actually make you feel hungrier, and thirstier! So try to avoid them, and if you can, bring in some sandwiches or healthy snacks that you can make at home instead.

Next time you’re going to a game, why not try one of the above tips? It might make the difference between a fun and a disappointing night (despite how your team perform).