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Organisers back down from food fight

-Open-Organisers back down from food fight

By Ossian Shine

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - U.S. Open officials have backed down from a food fight with tennis fans after a revolt by visitors to the $17.1 million grand slam.

Security guards at Flushing Meadows had forced hundreds of fans, workers and players to dump their lunches at the gate before finally bowing to protest and allowing the picnicking to proceed.

Former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash was one who was forced to throw food away at the gate to the National Tennis Center on Monday.

In past years, security officers confiscated bottles, cans and drinks coolers but not food. This year, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) had expanded the ban to include fans' lunches.

But after a series of complaints from furious fans, Open officials consigned the ban to the dustbin.

"The fans spoke, and we responded," USTA Vice President David Newman said. "We always strive to create a fan-friendly environment."

Many fans believed the ban was a cynical ploy to force spectators to buy food at the venue.

Stalls were charging $18.50 for a triple-decker sandwich at Flushing Meadows while a turkey wrap is priced at $9 and French fries cost $6.50

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Stalls were charging $18.50 for a triple-decker sandwich at Flushing Meadows while a turkey wrap is priced at $9 and French fries cost $6.50

That is a damn shame in this economy to make people throw away their food! I would raise soooo much hell....$18.50 for a god-damn sandwich!
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Yes that is ridiculous!

I believe at the FCC, they are going to try to prevent people from leaving the stadium. You already can't bring food or drink in which is fine because you can leave and go to your car and get your eat on. However, this year they decided to say you can't leave and you should've heard the cussing out those people got.

I mean a 12oz cup of lemonade was running $5 and then you factor in a session lasting from 10am to 6pm that is ridiculous. The food was like $6 or $7 for a dry and I mean bone dry cold cut sandwich.

I'm going to be upset if they prevent me from going to the subway accross the street.
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Shit! Little does everyone know that I was doing a deal with the USTA and bagging the left-behind food.

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and how the fuck is Wimbledon made out to be the most expensive slam?!?!?!

it looks like when i go to Flushing Meadows next year () im gonna eat non stop for weeks beforehand
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holy fuck is that expensive!

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Wimbledon is expensive but nowhere near these ridiculous prices. And you can bring as much food as you want (at least in 2000).

Throwing away food it doesn't get any more stupid. One more reason I will never plan a trip to the 4th best Grand Slam tournament.
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"We always strive to create a fan-friendly environment."

Yeah, these prices are soooo friendly.

What was the official reasoning for taking away the people's food ?
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its expensive, but not totally out of the range of regular sporting events and entertainment events (concerts, movies, etc). the difference is, tennis can be an all day thing, unlike other sports or some concerts.

the fact that they made people throw away their food is ridiculous. what if people dont want to eat that processed crap or have specific diets? i dont have that much of a problem with the prices if they allow food in. oh well, see what an outraged group of people can do? too bad we cant apply that anger to other areas. then again, nothing is more important to an american than their food.


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I thought this was about a real food fight.
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Yes that is ridiculous!

I believe at the FCC, they are going to try to prevent people from leaving the stadium. You already can't bring food or drink in which is fine because you can leave and go to your car and get your eat on. However, this year they decided to say you can't leave and you should've heard the cussing out those people got.

I mean a 12oz cup of lemonade was running $5 and then you factor in a session lasting from 10am to 6pm that is ridiculous. The food was like $6 or $7 for a dry and I mean bone dry cold cut sandwich.

I'm going to be upset if they prevent me from going to the subway accross the street.

Girl, you sound like me....I'll be the the first to have some peanuts or a sammich wrapped in some foil tucked down in my purse...
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Girl, you sound like me....I'll be the the first to have some peanuts or a sammich wrapped in some foil tucked down in my purse...
i have a huge purse, and when i go to the movies i bring in my own water and snacks.

fuck paying 6.50 for a large drink and 3.50 for a bag of small skittles.


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i have a huge purse, and when i go to the movies i bring in my own water and snacks.

fuck paying 6.50 for a large drink and 3.50 for a bag of small skittles.

I hear that girlfriend...I always bring my snacks in the movies...if I paid $13.50 to get in they won't get another dime from me...if you hear a can of soda popping in the front...it's me lol
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Girl, you sound like me....I'll be the the first to have some peanuts or a sammich wrapped in some foil tucked down in my purse...
or an entire Wendy's single combo.........
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or an entire Wendy's single combo.........
ROTF! ok...that helped end a long workday with a big smile...lololol
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