Last year, every Swans game I watched or went to was plagued with the sight of a half-finished grand stand in the background. But I said nothing and just waited for the day where it was finished and I could sit in the shiny, new stands (and, okay, drink at the shiny, new bar and eat at the shiny, new food stands).
I have been to two Swans games this year and sat in the stands both times. And you know what? There are no cup holders.
First when I went, the ceiling was leaking – which was unfortunate since there was a downpour that day. But since it’s not totally finished I shrugged it off and figured they’d sort it out eventually.
But the second time I went there, I was battling with a pizza and a beer (you can take the girl out of America, but you can’t take the America out of the girl). Then, it dawned on me: why aren’t there cup holders here?
I know what you’re thinking: Kayla, Kayla, Kayla. LOTS of stadiums don’t have cup holders. And I agree with you – lots of them don’t. But, I have to ask: wouldn’t it be better if they did?
I’ll put it this way: if I was given tens (hundreds?) of thousands of dollars to renovate my house, I would make it better – not just knock it down and rebuild it nearly the same thing. Sure, there are more bathrooms and they’re neat and tidy, and places to get beer (although there aren’t nearly as many as there should be – trust). But if you’ve built a new grand stand to improve the game day experience, then why aren’t cup holders a part of this experience? After all, if you want people to buy beer (or, okay, fine, soft drinks), giving them a place to put it would really increase the amount they buy.
Am I the only one who feels this strongly about cup holders? (I don’t actually feel that strongly about it, but if you’re going to build a new grand stand anyway – why wouldn’t you just add cup holders?)