Perth’s brand new sports stadium hosted one of its first high profile games since it opened last Sunday – and almost every spectator had the same complaint.
As the Australian cricket team faced off against England in a one-day series, punters queuing for food were furious to find that they were going to be charged $12 for a plain meat pie.
However, Optus Stadium officials confirmed that there were ‘brief issues’ with the menu display on Sunday morning and that no customer was actually charged that amount for their food.
A man who was expecting a fish pattie burger was not thrilled to find two limp fish fingers
One unimpressed beer-drinker posted a picture of an overflowing tray of beers to Twitter
Spectators at the new Optus Stadium were unimpressed with the food options. Stadium officials confirmed that there were ‘brief issues’ with the menu on Sunday morning
One customer was confused why a plain pie was twice the cost of a cheese, beef and bacon pie
The board advertised Mrs Mac’s Beef Pies for $12, sausage rolls for $10.50 and beef, cheese and bacon pies for $7.50.
However, the actual prices are reportedly $5.50 for a beef pie, $5.20 for a sausage roll, $5.50 for a beef, cheese and bacon pie or spinach and ricotta roll and $5.50 for a bacon and cheese sausage roll.
A spokesperson confirmed to The West that a glitch has caused incorrect pricing and the situation was ‘quickly rectified.
The impressive new $1.6 billion Optus Stadium opened for the first time last Sunday in Perth
One customer complained that the food was running out with more than half the game to go
Even once the snafu over food prices was sorted, spectators still had complaints about the lengths of lines for food and the fact that the stadium ran out of beer ‘not even halfway through’ the game.
‘Sorry we’ve run out of beer, hot dog buns, pies. Not even half way through. Best part is you’ll queue up 30 mins first before finding out #shambles,’ wrote one disgruntled and hungry patron on Twitter.
David Bergen wrote that he liked the new stadium but couldn’t stand the length of the food line
A man seated in the members area was unimpressed that he had to wait 55 minutes for coffee
While some spectators enjoyed members’ privileges, others reported bars running out of beer
Chris Geers was disgusted that all the food except for plain meat pies sold out early in the day
‘So much for better access to drinks at Optus Stadium, 30 minutes & counting in a queue with only 2 taps in operation. Come on guys – this is a joke right?’ vented another.
Others reported queuing up for over an hour, a food stall that ran out of pies in the morning and a minimum 30 minute wait for gluten-free food.
Another man was horrified that what was advertised as a fish burger was only a burger bun containing two fish fingers as other were unimpressed by an underwhelming $12.50 beef burger.
Punters were not impressed that they were charged $12.50 for an underwhelming beef burger
A woman with food allergies was upset to find she had to wait half an hour for gluten-free food
But there was also glowing praise of the new facilities splashed on social media: ‘Brilliant, plenty of bars and a lot have either pitch views or Perth skyline,’ enthused one happy customer.
‘Best stadium in the country bar none! Sorry Australia but this place kicks ass!’ commented another, posting a picture of himself and a friend giving the thumbs up during the game.
One eagle-eyed Twitter user did point out that they had misspelled the name of Australian batsman Marcus Stoinis, but we’re guessing the streaker that took to the field at about 8pm distracted the majority of the crowd.
Byron Bateson had no complaints about the stadium and posted a picture giving a thumbs up
A brave streaker interrupted the game as he took to the turf at around 8pm on Sunday evening
An eagle-eyed Twitter user did point out that they had misspelled the name of Marcus Stoinis