Food is an important part of the spectator experience in Australia’s sporting ovals. However, the foods in these places are usually the high carbohydrate, high fat type of food that you can find in fast food chains. In a traditional Australian kiosk & canteen kitchens, dogs, snags & pies are the usual food served. As a matter of fact, it is customary in the Down Under to bring or eat meat pie while watching a sports event.
According to recent data, Australia falls behind other countries when it comes to the kind of food and beverage that kiosk & canteen kitchens serve in stadiums and sporting ovals. The Australian onlookers are starting to get dismayed with the limited variety they can buy in these kiosk & canteen kitchens. That said, it was reported that the Melbourne Cricket Ground sold over 300,000 pies during a sports match in 2013. Other carbohydrates-rich food, such as pizza, burger and doughnuts, were also adequate during the event.
Kiosk & Canteen Kitchens: Dogs, Snags & Pies
Industry experts believe that transforming the public’s food experience in sporting events lies at the kiosk & canteen kitchens. If these food outlets only have a deep fryer and grill in their kitchen facility, one should expect that the snacks they sell are fatty foods. In a sporting oval in Perth kitchen renovations of kiosk & canteen kitchens are underway to better serve the onlookers with an assortment of snack foods.
Aside from the variety of nibbles and refreshments, the prices of these foods are also disenchanting the Australian spectators. For instance, WA Today reported that Perth footy fans are overpaying for dogs, snags & pies, compared with their interstate counterparts. As per the report, Domain Stadium, formerly known as Subiaco Oval, has hamburgers that sell at $8.50, hot dogs at $6, hot chips at $5.60, and bottled water at $4.70. Having said that, the WA Football Commission said that prices of traditional food items in Domain Stadium are significantly lower than the industry average.
Late last year, Adelaide Oval’s Stadium Management Authority announced that they are cutting down the prices of the food and beverage served at kiosk & canteen kitchens. This is partly in response to accusations that the management is cheating sports spectators with their “unreasonable” food and drink prices. According to ABC, this move is an effort to maintain the status of the sports oval as the cheapest sports venue in the country.