Blue Fans Roll with New Rules on Food, Drink
Dow, Katherine, Winnipeg Free Press
Security lines were long and Blue Bomber hospitality staff ws out in numbers at Friday night's home game, as stadium security rooted through patrons' bags in search of food, alcohol and the dreaded bottled water.
Winnipeg Football Club CEO Garth Buchko was also out among the masses in an effort, he said, to make entry procedures run smoothly and to speak with fans who may be irked about the stadium's new food-and-beverage policy.
"I've talked to over 40 fans, including people carrying baby bags -- 100 per cent satisfaction. There are going to be people that are not happy. I talked to one person who said 'We're not the NFL. Quit comparing us to the NFL.' I gave him my business card and we'll have coffee next week. That's what we're here for, to speak to the fans," Buchko said.
Season-ticket holders Connie Graham and Gerry Desmarais are among the many critics of the new policy, which bans fans from taking outside food and drink inside the stadium.
They said they are skeptical about the 10 new purified-water coolers that have been installed following the public outcry.
"We'll see how convenient they are and how soon they run out of water," Desmarais said.
"And paying $3 for a 10 cent bottle of water is just wrong. We go through three or four a game. …