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Those who were there say concession stand issues at KU's Memorial Stadium much less of a problem in Week 5

One of the new cash-only concession stands located in the outer concourse area at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium is shown here about an hour before KU's recent home game against Iowa State on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.

One of the new cash-only concession stands located in the outer concourse area at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium is shown here about an hour before KU's recent home game against Iowa State on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. by Matt Tait

It may be hard to believe, but it was just one week ago when issues with KU’s concessions stands at a jam-packed David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium were just as big of a topic among KU fans as the Jayhawks’ red-hot start to the season.

The Jayhawks’ remained hot over the weekend and there was a favorable response from fans to the improvements KU made to address the concessions issues during the second sold-out game of the season.

As a result, the Jayhawks’ national ranking, 5-0 record and an upcoming visit from ESPN’s College Gameday are all far bigger topics today than the stadium’s concession stand issues.

I didn’t see it for myself. But there were plenty of people willing to share their opinion of how things went in Week 5 compared to the mess they encountered just one week earlier.

For what it’s worth, I did take a couple of laps around the stadium concourses during the pregame last Saturday, both to see how packed it was and to see where they put the new points of sale, and things looked pretty calm then.

It sounds like it stayed that way in most areas. It’s important to note that nobody said it was perfect and it looks like there were still a few issues. But the response was pretty positive, and it’s clear that KU fans appreciated the efforts the KU administration made to try to make KU’s concessions stands operate as quickly and pain-free as possible in an imperfect venue.

Today, the most popular complaint seems to be with how poor the cell phone service is during games at DBKMS, but that seems to be as much an issue with Verizon, T-Mobile and others as it is a KU problem.

Here’s a look at some of the concession-stand feedback I received from fans who were there for KU’s 14-11 win over Iowa State:

by RedNBlueKU

by Kathy Habiger

by Andrew Luna

by Blumey🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

by KUFballGal

by Justin Scholtes

by Sean Carver

by Ryan Goodwin

by Robert Mills

by erik hansey

by Randy Graver

by Heidi Simon

by Matt Franzenburg

by Fake 1923 Jayhawk

by Craig Goscha

by Amy Duckers, DPT

by Bit Hawk

by Joe Cool

by Ali

by beakme

by Michael Estrada

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Rodney Crain

What did those who were not there saying???

1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Matt Tait

Plenty. Trust me. They never shut up. ;-)

1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Rodney Crain

LOL

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Brian Jahelka

Concessions were10X better. But they still ran out of Modelo (upper concourse at section 7-8). And I never saw a single beer and peanut guy running around. Those are nitpicks not complaints. Had a great game day experience! The efforts/changes made by the KUAD are much appreciated!

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Dirk Medema

Thanks for the follow up Matt. I wasn’t there so there’s no direct effect for me, but it is still encouraging. IMO, it shows that the AD is responsive and adapting to the changing situation. I would have been impressed if they were able to pull it off with a road game or by-week in between home games. Seems like another great turnaround to me.

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Randy Bombardier

One thought on the cash lines i saw that someone had contributed elsewhere is to round off all prices to whole dollars and build in sales tax so that no coinage is used to speed up each transaction.

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