I had Bill King’s piece from yesterday about what’s new or different at Sanford Stadium cued up for a post at the blog today — and let me say two things about it, one, yay! for any bathroom improvements and, two, the more the athletic department lets Claude Felton speak for it, the more competent it sounds — but I found this buried in my Twitter feed yesterday and it moved me in a different direction.
McGarity and barbeque, a controversy? Why, tell me more.
New concessions partners Dreamland BBQ and Dunkin’ Donuts will be joining Chick-fil-A, Subway and Papa John’s Pizza, Felton said. Dreamland BBQ will be offered at nine locations throughout the stadium and will offer chopped pork and chicken sandwiches at each location, while barbecue pork nachos also will be offered at their Gate 6 Plaza stand. Dunkin’ Donuts will operate in Reed Plaza and offer hot and iced coffee and munchkins.
Additionally, Gate 6 Plaza has been turned into a food court, with Chick-fil-A, Dreamland BBQ and Papa John’s each having a stand. Also being added are two beverage portables on the 100 and 300 East End concourses.
Dreamland, eh? It makes sense, I guess. After all, you’ve already imported your head coach and the Process from Tuscaloosa, so throwing in a pork sandwich from there is nothing if not consistent.
As Booker’s tweet indicates, the decision isn’t sitting well in certain quarters, though.
Damn, if you’ve lost Andy Staples, Greg…
That being said, Booker is essentially correct here. Nobody is ever going to confuse what’s served at Sanford Stadium with haute cuisine, although, as I’ve mentioned before, there are plenty of sports franchises who have recognized what a money maker higher end food offerings can be. And it’s not like Georgia hasn’t offered mediocre barbeque (using the term loosely) from an out-of-state source before. As someone who avoids Sanford Stadium fare outside of emergencies, all I really care about is whether they still intend to have high schoolers and their parents handling service as inefficiently as ever, something Felton says zip about.
While I’m on the subject of service, there is one intriguing thing in King’s post that is mentioned in passing, almost to the point of being glossed over:
Felton said there has been “continued evaluation” of offerings in an effort to streamline the menu “in order to assist with speed of service.” That included discussions with representatives of Chick-fil-A and Augusta National and individuals who have staffed collegiate venues, he said.
Augusta National? Really? Tell me more.