In for the long haul.
2016 Tipping Competitor
- Mar 15, 2009
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Others have picked up on the unfairness of the pricing and I agree but I must add that the whole food thing really irks me. I have such fond memories of going to the footy with Mum and Dad with a thermos of coffee and packed sandwiches. All of the grounds. In hindsight, it was such a loving ritual.I take my old man (76 now) to the home-games where I can. Use my meagre salary appropriately to pay the great guy back for raising me and paying my way for first 15-20 years of life.
Last year we couldn't go obviously - passion aside the home games were not accessible to the hoi polloi, and 76-years old and covid? Mention the word passion at your own peril, as its bull**** if you think a fan has to attend in Covid whilst being in highest-risk category.
2019, I took him to a couple of games - we got strip-searched at the entrance for food/drink. We had a bottle of water and some home-made popcorn. Taken.
Apparently we are only allowed to purchase water and junk-food snacks like kettle chips at the venue, not bring it in. Buy them inside (inflated $$$$$ for simple packets of crisps, and close to $10 per light beer/ or cider) - after half-time only half-strength drinks too. Full price but for them.
We got seats in the grandstand for about $160 combined (ie approx $80 each).
Spent another $80 on 2 full-strength drinks each before half-time and the same after. Another $20 on junk food to eat with the bers. Walked back to my place after the game in DY and my old man was good to drive home by then (could have taken cab/iber at anohter 15-30 bucks).
If they have doubled the price on that since, then i'm reluctant to say it, but my 76-year-old dad will never see another Manly game live.
Pretty Sad for the guy, he's a pensioner, and these prices are simply not tenable.
While I understand commercial contracts everywhere now prevent this, it just saddens me that that is now forcibly absent from our society.