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Outcry over increased F&B prices at Adelaide Oval
The South Australian Government has accused the Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority (SMA) of "fleecing" sports fans over the cost of drinks at the ground.
The ABC has reported that fans attending the upcoming third cricket Test between Australia and South Africa will be forced to pay out $5.60 for a 600ml soft drink (up from $5.40) and $9.20 for a beer (up from $8.90).
The cost of bottled water remains $5.
The price hikes were introduced by the management on 4th November.
South Australian Premier Premier Jay Weatherill stated "I think it's a bit rich and we've issued a 'please explain' to the Stadium Management Authority.
"It seems a bit steep for us - $5 for a bottle of water. Families are there. They need to be able to get a drink."
The cost of pies and pasties has also increased to $5.60, with a serving of hot chips to set patrons back $5.50.
Premier Weatherill added "we do expect to hear an explanation for what seem to be rather large increases, and also increases at variance with places like the MCG.
"We spent a lot of money building this oval, we spend a lot of money attracting acts to it.
"We also want to make sure that the people that come to the games and the events get to enjoy it without being fleeced."
In a statement, SMA Chief Executive Andrew Daniels said he was looking forward to discussing the issue with South Australian Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan.
In the statement, Daniels explained "we have (a) shared desire to keep events as affordable as possible for patrons."
Other Australian venues including the MCG and Etihad Stadium have bowed to fan pressure and reduced the cost of food and beverage items over recent years.
20th July 2016 - ADELAIDE OVAL WINS SAVOUR CATERING AWARD
27th June 2016 - RESEARCH SHOWS SPORTS FANS FED UP WITH STADIUM FOOD
2nd April 2015 - ETIHAD STADIUM BACKS ‘YEAR OF THE FAN’ WITH VALUE IN F&B
2nd March 2015 - MCG WINDS BACK THE CLOCK ON FOOD PRICES
13th July 2012 - CHEF’S CAMPAIGN TO IMPROVE STADIUM FOOD
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