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AFL tries to make footy food more affordable
By Tammy May


MCG makes food more affordableIt’s great news for footy fans living in Melbourne that the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) has elected to slash food and drink prices for the 2015 season. Prices have dropped to 2005 levels in an effort to make a family day at the footy more affordable.

Hot chips have gone from $5.60 to $4, a meat pie from $4.80 to $4, hotdog from $6.50 to $4, chicken schnitzel burger from $10 to $7.50, soft drinks from $5 to $4, water from $5 to $3 and salad from $11.50 to $8. Unfortunately, no other stadiums across the country have indicated that they’ll be following the MCG’s lead.

Even with the price reductions, buying food at the footy can make for an expensive day. At the Adelaide Oval—where food prices have not been reduced—a family meal of a hotdog, chicken burger, two meat pies, a serve of chips and four bottles of water would cost more than $50. Why not dodge those costs by bringing your own food and drinks from home? Stadium rules are fairly generous: no glass, alcohol or open soft drink containers.

The AFL has also introduced other affordability measures. Booking fees have been reduced at some stadiums and kids can often attend for free.

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