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(Chron)   Houston's Minute Maid Park the only MLB stadium to ban outside food and drink. Banning outside food "has been kind of a tradition in Houston," says owner Stingy McScrooge   (chron.com ) divider line
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2009-06-09 10:14:41 AM  
Really? Wow. I figured most of them did. I knew that you could bring food/drinks into Turner Field in Atlanta, but I thought that was the exception, rather than the rule.
 
2009-06-09 10:23:06 AM  

zpb52: Really? Wow. I figured most of them did. I knew that you could bring food/drinks into Turner Field in Atlanta, but I thought that was the exception, rather than the rule.


Having gone to more movies than baseball games, I've been conditioned to believe that outside food is a no-no.

But my friend convinced me, and all I had to do was put my two cheeseburgers in a see-through bag and I was allowed into Fenway.
 
2009-06-09 10:24:24 AM  

zpb52: Really? Wow. I figured most of them did. I knew that you could bring food/drinks into Turner Field in Atlanta, but I thought that was the exception, rather than the rule.


Coors field lets you bring on coolers full of food and drink...which we do. Granted, the cooler has to be softside and no larger than 12x18x9 or something, but you can pack a lot of food in that.

$35 for four hot dogs and two beers? No thanks.
 
2009-06-09 10:31:21 AM  
Nothing motivates the fanbase to come out and buy insanely expensive tickets for a poor-performing team like telling them they can't "sneak in" their own $5 foot-long.
 
2009-06-09 10:51:57 AM  
and then ol' Drayton McLane complains about attendance, but he's the only park in the MLB to ban outside food. ridiculous.
 
2009-06-09 11:00:31 AM  
Given the fact that Houston is about the fattest city in the country, I'd be worried about hungry fans eating the seats.
 
2009-06-09 11:02:19 AM  

Whamdangler: Coors field lets you bring on coolers full of food and drink...which we do. Granted, the cooler has to be softside and no larger than 12x18x9 or something, but you can pack a lot of food in that.

$35 for four hot dogs and two beers? No thanks.


what he said.
 
2009-06-09 11:07:08 AM  
They have the same policy over at Reliant stadium.

What pisses me off are the prices. People were not going to vote for its construction because of the price they charge for concessions. Stingy McScrooge made assurances that the prices would be reasonable and even went as far as to give a price list for concessions. When the park opened, a beer was $5.25 (if I remember). Now, a beer costs $7.50. That's crazy....and why I don't buy much beer at a game. Every time I go to a game, I hang out at the B.U.S. across from the SE entrance, where the beer price is reasonable, and have a few.

The most reasonable food item are the large Nachos. I think they're $6.50 and will fill two people (unless one of your buddies is a lard-ass).
 
2009-06-09 11:22:07 AM  
You know, Houston is the beating heart of the crony-based anarcho-capitalist system. And god bless them for it. Use taxpayer money to, say, build a stadium or an 18-lane freeway, then charge 10 dollars for a beer or 5-dollars for a one-way commute on a toll road.

God Bless this state!

:wipes tear from eye:
 
2009-06-09 11:50:32 AM  
Count me in as one of those who didn't realize you could bring anything food/drink-wise into a baseball game. I'm positive most of them don't allow beer. I guess I never cared about bringing a sandwich or whatever.

That's why I love NASCAR... bring in all the beer (and many times liquor!) you want.
 
2009-06-09 12:31:28 PM  
Go Astros... and take the Texans with you
 
2009-06-09 12:50:15 PM  
Something's going to give for the 'stros. I feel sorry for season ticket holders who paid in advance to watch them play. Prices must go down or play must improve.
 
2009-06-09 12:51:47 PM  
My friend brings a soft cooler full of coke and has a hidden bottle of jack in his pants for every game he goes to at Miller Park. He doesn't drink beer and it is way too hard to find a mixed drink there. Plus he feels they owe it to him for what he pays for his season tickets.
 
2009-06-09 12:52:23 PM  
Believe it or not, Yankee Stadium still allows outside food.
 
2009-06-09 12:53:42 PM  

downstairs: Count me in as one of those who didn't realize you could bring anything food/drink-wise into a baseball game. I'm positive most of them don't allow beer.


Yeah you can't being in your own beer at any stadium. Most will allow sandwiches, pretzels, peanuts, soda, etc though.
 
2009-06-09 12:54:02 PM  
They tried that by banning coolers at the Rangers stadium & the outrage was so great they caved.
 
2009-06-09 01:01:24 PM  
Anything bought at 7/11 is a go for the bleachers in Wrigley.

Including a Big Gulp and rum.
 
2009-06-09 01:06:49 PM  
zpb52 2009-06-09 10:14:41 AM Really? Wow. I figured most of them did. I knew that you could bring food/drinks into Turner Field in Atlanta, but I thought that was the exception, rather than the rule.
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I've been to Arlington and to PNC Park, neither allow outside food or drink. (Except water and only in clear plastic and only if less than a certain size)
 
2009-06-09 01:25:17 PM  
There are hardly any fast food vendors directly outside of MMP, so there isn't any "Minute Maid Park District Association" of vendors who are able to bribe convince Drayton to change the policy.
 
2009-06-09 01:25:43 PM  
Went to the game yesterday, Order of nachos and 2 regular cokes was 18 FARKIN DOLLARS

/Some chick came up to the stand as I was digging for change in the couch cushions and asked how much for an order of fries and I said a brazillion dollars, the folks behind the counter chuckled

JC
 
2009-06-09 01:40:46 PM  
BTW, if you can manage to sneak into the club level at MMP, the mixed drink prices are much more reasonable than the beer prices.
 
2009-06-09 01:42:28 PM  
Tell them you're an orthodox jew and your bringing kosher food.

My wife and kids keep kosher during Passover and we've gone to Busch Stadium with kosher food many times. I kind of look forward to the day that someone tries to stop us so I can throw a farking fit at the turnstile.
 
2009-06-09 01:43:35 PM  
Nationals Park allows you to bring in any food but the only liquid allowed is water in sealed, clear plastic bottles. A stop at the Five Guys and the CVS on New Jersey Avenue before entering the park saves me at least $10 per game.
 
2009-06-09 01:52:56 PM  
I thought the same until last night - went to the White Sox game and met my wife and son at the gate. She brought a bag full of food and I told her they wouldn't let her bring it in. Walked through security, she opened her bag and they let her pass. I have been to hundreds of games and never once tried it - I always saw other people doing it and thought they were outlaws.

/sucks when your wife is correct at a sporting event
 
2009-06-09 01:58:52 PM  

hubhub: My wife and kids keep kosher during Passover and we've gone to Busch Stadium with kosher food many times.


I had to throw out my Starbucks the last time I went to a game at Busch. I should have told them it was kosher coffee...
 
2009-06-09 02:18:12 PM  
When Turner Field first opened, outside food and beverages were banned. The outrage was felt across the S.E. Ted Turner even declared that he would not even buy a bottle of water there. Well, Turner Field recanted and there was much rejoicing. Just no alcohol. It's amazing how vodak and clear rum looks just like water. Ahhhh....my brother and I have spent many an afternoon game in the centerfield seats getting hammered and heckling players on both sides. It got to a point where Andrew Jones would actually heckle us back, all in good fun.

/"Hey Andrew! Nice catch! But, use two hands next time"...followed by a snarky looking over the shoulder shrug from AJ....ahhh, good times
//long-winded slashies!
 
2009-06-09 02:27:30 PM  
The "big beers" behind section 331 are a decent deal for "Minutemaid" prices...$10 for a huge 24 ounce Shiner. The only 'problem' is that you have to drink it before it gets warm.

I guess I've been conditioned to accept the outrageous prices.
 
2009-06-09 02:28:39 PM  

KingKauff: Andrew Jones would actually heckle us back, all in good fun.


Did he heckle you for not knowing how to spell his name?

Anyway, we've been bringing food into the Trop for years. Water is fine, too, as long as the bottle is sealed. They usually check for that sort of thing.
 
2009-06-09 02:37:35 PM  
Oh, the Astros. Aren't they that team that changes their uniforms every other season?

/Hey, at least you guys aren't being charged $11 a beer like at Yankee Stadium.
//Shake Shack at Citi Field, FTW.
 
2009-06-09 02:38:45 PM  

H31N0US: Believe it or not, Yankee Stadium still allows outside food.


Just checked their A to Z guide--yep, nothing about outside food not being allowed. I never knew that but I did know about Fenway, Nationals Park and Camden Yards being okay with it. I also know that the "unopened water bottle" rule is not enforced, at least in Camden Yards. As long as it's filled with a clear liquid up to the top, the label's in good shape and the cap's tight security won't look twice and you're good to go. A liter bottle of Aquafina makes a fine conduit for Bacardi and you can get your party and those around you merrily wasted for the price of a large Coke.
 
2009-06-09 02:43:54 PM  

bubbaprog: KingKauff: Andrew Jones would actually heckle us back, all in good fun.

Did he heckle you for not knowing how to spell his name?

Anyway, we've been bringing food into the Trop for years. Water is fine, too, as long as the bottle is sealed. They usually check for that sort of thing.


oh shiat! I FAIL! I know it's spelled with the silent q.....
 
2009-06-09 02:45:28 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Given the fact that Houston is about the fattest city in the country, I'd be worried about hungry fans eating the seats visiting team.


FTFY
 
2009-06-09 02:59:36 PM  

zpb52: I knew that you could bring food/drinks into Turner Field in Atlanta


Christ, now you can? My wife and I went to a game there when it first opened and the heifer security guard made her drink her bottle of *water*. Assholes.
 
2009-06-09 03:00:11 PM  
/before she went in/
 
2009-06-09 03:01:59 PM  

KingKauff: When Turner Field first opened, outside food and beverages were banned. The outrage was felt across the S.E. Ted Turner even declared that he would not even buy a bottle of water there. Well, Turner Field recanted and there was much rejoicing.


Ah.
 
2009-06-09 03:15:48 PM  

Marisyana: Just checked their A to Z guide--yep, nothing about outside food not being allowed.


They've never bothered me when I brought in a sub or whatever. Alcohol, on the other hand, is best concealed in a flask close to the seeds.
 
2009-06-09 03:24:46 PM  

HotLonelyTeenageGirl: You know, Houston is the beating heart of the crony-based anarcho-capitalist system. And god bless them for it. Use taxpayer money to, say, build a stadium or an 18-lane freeway, then charge 10 dollars for a beer or 5-dollars for a one-way commute on a toll road.

God Bless this state!

:wipes tear from eye:


The last three Houston mayors have all been Democrats. Mayor White:

During his second term, White focused his work on improving graduation rates in the city's high schools, enforcing air pollution standards, reducing the possibility of flooding in newer areas, adopted a more flexible system of working hours, and capitalized even further on his business experience to create public-private initiatives with private business and community organizations to stimulate growth in the city's most neglected subdivisions.


At least get your rhetoric right. Sheesh!
 
2009-06-09 03:29:37 PM  
Wrigley Field always makes you throw everything out at the door. They hand check all bags at entry, too.
 
2009-06-09 03:36:11 PM  
PNC Park lets you bring in food, the vendors on the bridge make a point of telling you this.
 
2009-06-09 03:39:48 PM  

wpmulligan: Nationals Park allows you to bring in any food but the only liquid allowed is water in sealed, clear plastic bottles. A stop at the Five Guys and the CVS on New Jersey Avenue before entering the park saves me at least $10 per game.


Holy Hell, you go to Nationals games? Willingly? You, sir, should be given a Purple Heart.
 
2009-06-09 03:43:09 PM  

bacongood: Anything bought at 7/11 is a go for the bleachers in Wrigley.

Including a Big Gulp and rum.


gsiofa: Wrigley Field always makes you throw everything out at the door. They hand check all bags at entry, too.


At least you two can agree on not watching the game and getting shiathoused in the bleachers
 
2009-06-09 03:54:47 PM  

LibertyFirst:

The last three Houston mayors have all been Democrats. Mayor White:


Aw... you think that the mayor of Houston is responsible for the century-old good-ol-boy network and the deep vein of corruption running from Austin to Dallas and Houston.

So charming. So informed.
 
2009-06-09 04:02:53 PM  

GeorgePasada: bacongood: Anything bought at 7/11 is a go for the bleachers in Wrigley.

Including a Big Gulp and rum.

gsiofa: Wrigley Field always makes you throw everything out at the door. They hand check all bags at entry, too.

At least you two can agree on not watching the game and getting shiathoused in the bleachers


Meh, I'm right.

"Food and Beverages: Food and beverages are available throughout the ballpark at concession stands and carts managed by Levy Restaurants. Visitors may bring food or drink items into the ballpark, which are packaged in acceptable containers."
Link (new window)

You can't bring in hard coolers. They'll make you dump a opened bottle of soda, but will let you bring in the Big Gulp.
 
2009-06-09 04:16:14 PM  
I took my family to the Astros game last Saturday, and it only cost me $17 to get it. But yeah, we sat in the really crappy seats. If I didn't have to pay the outrageous food prices, I would have bought the second deck seats for $20 or $24 each. Instead of spending that money on tickets which would have gone straight to to Astros, I spent another $60 or $80 or so getting a couple of sodas and snacks for my kids. Stuff that would have cost me less than $10 outside the park. And we didn't even eat full meals or anything substantial inside the park. What a ripoff.

All that money I spent on food went to the vendors, not the Astros. If I could have brought in my own snacks, I would have much rather spent the money getting better tickets. So, Mr. Businessman Astros Owner, what earns you more money? My $17 spent on tickets plus a bunch of money going to third-party vendors, or $100 for tickets with a little bit of money being spent at an outside grocery store?
 
2009-06-09 04:16:45 PM  
Let me guess, this too is the fault of Bud Selig and the Chicago Cubs, and is not caused by a money-grubbing owner, right?
 
2009-06-09 04:20:01 PM  
I don't know about the more expensive seats, but the top deck entry for Dodger Stadium wouldn't let you bring in a water bottle if it wasn't sealed, and any other outside food and drink had to be finished or thrown away in one of the garbage cans outside the gates.

When they moved smokers to just outside the stadium gates it was pretty cool, because the garbage can near the smoking section always gave a fresh odor of McDonalds fries.
 
2009-06-09 04:31:07 PM  
They actually check to make sure the bottles are sealed when you walk through the gate at Miller Park.

It's not like they don't make a killing on 1 round of beers.
 
2009-06-09 04:52:14 PM  

LibertyFirst: The last three Houston mayors have all been Democrats. Mayor White:


Did you take the time to read White's biography more closely? There's not a more pro-corporate Democrat around. He just thinks that raising quality of life makes for more profitable companies.

Sort of like that communist Henry Ford.
 
2009-06-09 05:23:42 PM  
I still remember going to a Stros game at Wrigley and being shocked that you could buy peanuts outside that were 2-3x the size of a bag of peanuts from Minute Maid and cost the same.

Damn you Drayton.
 
2009-06-09 05:41:15 PM  
All I know is that Angels Stadium won't let you in with a half dozen beers strapped to various body parts. I don't care about the food, but they made me throw it away before going in. For farks sake, they made me throw away beer! Bastards.
 
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