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The Prices of Food and Beer at The Super Bowl Might Make You Faint

We’ve all been to stadiums or arenas and coughed up $6 for a hot dog, and while it’s painful to hand over your credit card at that regular season game, the concession prices for the Super Bowl were twice as cringeworthy.

We’ll start off with the big one, pointed out by Will Brinson of CBS Sports. U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota was selling “House Divided Cocktails,” a green one in honor for the Eagles, and a red one for the Patriots.

One of those drink-filled plastic jars cost loyal fans a cool $35.

The insanity didn’t stop there, as bottled waters went for $6, and chicken sandwiches were priced at $13. If you wanted to dig into a whole chicken, which is usually eight pieces, you’d have to drop $23.

Let’s compare that to the other extreme in Atlanta’s new football stadium. Mercedes-Benz Stadium had its grand opening in 2017, and dramatically lowered its concession prices, even for the playoffs. From $2 water bottles to $5 cheeseburgers, watching a Falcons game was way more affordable than the insane Super Bowl prices in Minnesota.

I guess you kind of had to expect that high prices for anything Super Bowl related, but even millionaire celebrities had to be wide-eyed when seeing a $4 price tag for string cheese.

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Movie Theaters Fighting Mandate To Require Calorie Count On Concession Items

A looming U.S. mandate that requires chain restaurants with at least 20 U.S. locations to post the calorie content of menu items is facing some serious opposition from movie theaters and grocery stores.

Why their concern? According to a report out of BusinessWeek, theater chains such as the well known Regal Entertainment Group make up to 1/3 of their annual revenue from their concessions. Imagine having to order that batch of popcorn and be reminded that you could be consuming upwards of 1,460 calories, depending on the size you order. The calorie count of popcorn at several major theatre chains was observed by The Center for Science in the Public Interest in 2009 to achieve these statistics. Popcorn calorie counts stood between 370 calories to 1,460 calories dependent upon your bag size and toppings.

The question still stands, should theater chains be exempt of posting calorie count on their concession menus?