Anger of Olympic football fans as Old Trafford runs out of food
July 27, 2012
More than 70,000 arrived for opening fixtures of the mens football tournament which kicked off at 5pm as Uruguay took on United Arab Emirates before Team GB played Senegal.
But with the stadium almost full to capacity, fans reported huge queues for food and drink stalls.
And by 7pm, an hour before Team GB's match got underway, many had sold out.
Angry fans took to Twitter to complain – especially has no food or drink was allowed into the stadium from outside.
Martin Jones said: "Not sure who caterer was at Old Trafford last night but absolute disgrace, no food at bars, warm drinks, massive queue - no Visa – hopeless?”
Gregory Hunt said: "Food choice at Old Trafford. Pie, pie, pie or sausage roll. All gone before kick off.”
One reader emailed the M.E.N to say: “At half time in the first game, all the food had run out in the North stand. And before then, people were saying that food and drink was served with no lids, and no cardboard trays/bags provided, so impossible to carry more than a couple of food items/drinks - ie no way could buy for a whole family and carry it to their seats if they were sat waiting.
"Children had come straight from school, people had come straight from work, around 72,000 people there - many hadn't eaten since lunchtime and were relying on stadium catering. Families had hungry crying children. It was a complete and utter shambles.”
Fans were also astonished at the price of drinks – with dozens of fans complaining to us about the price of lager.
FRIDAY PM UPDATE: Olympic bosses originally told the M.E.N. they were selling 330ml bottles of Heineken at £4.20 - but this afternoon stated beer was being sold at the venue at the lower price of £3.60.
Despite this, fans - who are banned from bringing their own food and drink into the venue - complained that they were being ripped off by the high prices.
Team GB went on to draw 1-1 with Senegal with United stalwart Ryan Giggs starring for the home side.
A spokesperson for Olympic organisers LOCOG admitted caterers had been been unable to cope due to 'huge demand'.
“It was a well-attended match and some kiosks did run out of food. Going forward we will look to try as hard as we can to ensure we replenish food more quickly,” he added.