Verizon Center adds vegetarian fare, colder beer
Ted Leonsis's list of 101 changes he's made in 101 days of Wizards ownership has already gotten a great deal of publicity, largely because of his assertion that a name change back to Bullets is "under consideration." The list has been written about on Wizards Insider, Ball Don't Lie, SB Nation DC, The Basketball Jones, SLAM Online, DCist, Truth About It and heaven knows where else.
And while the headline is the name change, the supporting role is played by the concessionaires. No fewer than 15 of the 101 items have to do in some way with concessions, from fresher buns to colder beer to warmer pizza to prompter refilling of condiment containers to a greater focus on "local flavor" on the menus. ("In-development," on that last one.)
I'm working on getting a list of new items at the arena this year, but in the meantime, there's this, from the bottom of Leonsis's blog:
Many of you complained about the quality as well as the time it took to order and purchase your food. So we've taken steps to speed up the process at every food stand in the building. We also have put a select number of vendors with food and beverages back in the stands so that you don't have to leave your seats. We've taken steps to make sure the beer is cold (do you know we serve nearly 50 brands of beer?), the pizza is hot and the popcorn is fresh. We've added a number of kosher, gluten-free, vegetarian and even vegan food offerings. We also have added a text service that allows fans to give us immediate feedback on how we are doing.
Trust me, the vegetarians among us will not hesitate to use that text service line if the veggie options include cardboard sandwiches and Bowl O' Grass. Anyhow, by my count, at least three of the four major pro franchises in this town have now made major overtures to vegetarians. It's appreciated.
(Also, Leonsis said they were eliminating the "Dee-Fence" chant from Wiz games and adding more organ music. You don't have to love tofu to recognize the value in that one.)
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