"Gluttony Night" set for tomorrowMay 18, 2009 - Eastern League (EL) - Reading Fightin Phils
For just $12.00 fans can eat as much as they want from the time the gates open at 5:30 PM until the 7th Inning Stretch. Hot dogs, French fries, pizza, funnel cake, ice cream and fountain drinks are all included in a Gluttony Night ticket.
A pre-game eating contest is also scheduled and sure to delight the crowd. Competitors will race to devour each of the six concession items available on the Gluttony Night menu. The items must be consumed one at a time, in the order of personal choice to bring a little strategy to the proceedings.
"Who knows if we'll ever be able to do this again," a somewhat nervous Scott Hunsicker, R-Phils General Manager, said. "I'm trying to encourage my family and friends to attend this game. Just in case I get fired over this promotion, I don't want them to miss my last game."
The R-Phils record for hot dogs consumed during a game was 4,275 on Father's Day, June 15, 2008 during a dollar dog promotion. Hunsicker believes that record is in jeopardy on Gluttony Night. "Even with the pizza, fries, funnel cake and ice cream in the mix I still wouldn't bet against the hot dog record falling," he added.
When asked about Gluttony Night, Andy Bortz, Director of Stadium Concessions, offered a series of grunts and groans that we'll take to mean "no comment".
Tickets for Gluttony Night can be purchased at FirstEnergy Stadium, by phone (610-375-8469) and online. Fans that already have a ticket for May 19 can take part in Gluttony Night for an additional $7.00. Children under 4 years old and under are free - INCLUDING THE FREE FOOD WRISTBAND! - unless they need a reserved seat. Then they'd pay $5.00 (Food Wristband still FREE).
As fans enter the ballpark they should present their special ticket to the R-Phils staff at the Gluttony Night Table to get a wristband that grants them access to the Gluttony Night concession stands.
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