ENDLESS EATS HELP BRING BUTTS OUT TO THE BALLPARK: The WALL STREET JOURNAL reports the 3,000-seat right field pavilion of Dodger Stadium has sold out 8 out of 18 times this season. The reason for all the butts on the bleachers? The all-you-can-eat offerings.
Beginning this season, for $40 the Dodgers offer a bleacher seat with all the Dodger Dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn, soft drinks and water you can ram down your throat.
The success of the plan has sparked interest from the Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers, who are looking into trying similar promotions.
Stuffing your face is a guarnteed attendance-getter (just ask the Vegas buffets). But it’s not a brand-new concept in the baseball world.
Minor league clubs have included party decks in their parks where fans can gorge to their heart’s content (before it explodes). For example, the “Duck Blind” bottomless banquet offered by the Madison Mallards helped the team average over 6,000 fans last season - in a league that’s lucky to get 1,000 folks to show up.
And with 6,000 calories to deposit into 6,000 potential stomachs, the Gateway Grizzlies introduced “Baseball’s Best Burger”, a bacon cheeseburger served with a Krispy Kreme doughnut as the bun. Such gastronomic goodies helped bring in over 180,000 fans to GCS Ballpark in 2006.