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CASEY AT THE BRATWURST?; ARA SERVICES EXAMINES EATING HABITS OF SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS

 CASEY AT THE BRATWURST?;
 ARA SERVICES EXAMINES EATING HABITS OF SPORTS ENTHUSIASTS
 PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Fervent sports enthusiasts are reluctantly counting down the days this week. Soon, the incongruous overlap of seasons -- football and baseball -- will be no more.
 The differences between these two sports have been the subject of more than one comedian's routine:
 Baseball has the "relief pitcher," football has the "suicide squad." In baseball, teams play extra innings. In football, extended play becomes "sudden death overtime."
 You get the idea.
 But what about the crowds at these games? Did you ever ask the burning question, "Do football and baseball fans eat differently?" Well, here's how that routine goes.
 According to ARA Services, the provider of food service management at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, home of the Braves and a current site of the World Series; Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh and 12 other stadiums and arenas around the country, the concession stand choices of baseball and football fans are pretty similar. The difference is in when and where they eat.
 First off, these are two very different crowds. Football fans are typically season ticket holders. The crowd make-up doesn't change much during the season. They have their own patterns, sit in the same seats with the same group of people and usually eat from the same concession stands. Grilled hamburgers, baked potatoes and deli-style sandwiches are the usual favorites.
 Baseball attracts a lot of families and "one-time-only" visitors to the ballpark. Fans are more likely to walk around the park and check out several stands before making a final food or beverage selection. Spicy sausage sandwiches, fresh-dough pizzas, an endless variety of chicken sandwiches and soft frozen yogurt are the latest newcomers to the perennial team of hotdogs and peanuts.
 Half time is usually chow time for football fans. Unless the home team scores early, fans will stay in their seats waiting for a touchdown until then. Baseball has nine "half-times," providing more opportunities to stretch the legs and roam the park in search of munchies.
 Weather is a major influence. The warm baseball season sells more beer and soda, while hot chocolate, coffee and nachos top the list for freezing football fans.
 Keeping track of these statistics has Tim Lawler working double time. Lawler is ARA's general manager at Three Rivers Stadium, which serves fans of football's Steelers and baseball's Pirates in one stadium. The last two months of "overlap" have kept him on his toes.
 "Our menus don't change but the logistics of which concession stands to open are greatly affected," he said. "During the football season, we have a good estimate of season ticket-holders' attendance and generally open concession stands at all locations. During baseball season, we offer concessions where we anticipate seats will be sold."
 Ultimately, the two biggest factors that decide how much and what type of food will be consumed are the weather and the team's performance. A cold, rainy day and a trailing team will leave you with a lot of leftover hotdogs.
 However, there will always be two exceptions to these rules of banqueting behavior. The playoffs and championship games, where everyone's excited and everyone eats throughout the entire game!
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 /CONTACT: Tita Cherrier of ARA Services, 215-238-3324/ CO: ARA Services ST: Pennsylvania, Georgia IN: FOD SU:


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