Issue #12 – Peanuts, Popcorn & Pretzels

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Attending a sporting event is as much about the experience as it is about the game. The sights, sounds, and smells are all a big part of the overall experience. Sporting events just wouldn’t be the same without the bright lights, crowds of people, or the rumble of the announcers and music coming from the loud speakers. It also wouldn’t be the same without the concession stands. A simple hot dog cart is one of the early examples of a concession stand, but they became much more. They can be found at any sporting event and are a convenient way for patrons to enjoy a hot dog and a drink while watching their favorite team. Concerts are another venue where you will find concession stands. Concert goers can grab some nachos and a beer before the lights go down and their favorite performer hits the stage.

Concession stands can also be found at fairs and carnivals where you are sure to find plenty of sweets like cotton candy, candied apples, and churros. Movie theater concession stands offer enough popcorn and candy to keep you munching through your entire chosen movie, and then some. While there are some items you expect to find at all concession stands, the menu may vary depending upon the part of the country you are in. Some other items you will find are egg rolls, Philly Steak Sandwiches, bratwurst, polish sausage, fried shrimp, and Buffalo wings. But the strangest concession stand item we could find was chocolate covered bacon. Whatever the type of event you are attending and whatever your choice of snack, there will probably be more than one vendor to choose from. So bring an empty stomach and a full wallet.

Fun Facts:

Movie theaters make more money selling snacks than they do selling tickets.

The average cost of a hot dog at a Major League Baseball game in 2013 is $4.14.

Each year, Americans eat about 52 quarts of popcorn per person.

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