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NFL stadiums reinvent concessions stands to protect fans, leaving some workers on sidelines
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Hot dog and beer vendors will be a rare sight in NFL stadium aisles this season as officials work to overhaul concessions operations and create a safe environment for fans during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Only a handful of the NFL’s 32 teams will have fans in attendance when the season kicks off this weekend. With social distancing mandates in place, multiple NFL stadiums have eliminated food and beverage hawkers entirely in favor of contactless and, in many cases, cashless models meant to limit potential exposure and set fans up with their favorite gameday snacks as safely as possible.
Closures, attendance limits and necessary safety measures have had a major impact on stadium workers, many of whom will not be working at all in the season’s early weeks. Even in NFL stadiums that are hosting fans, concessions staffing is expected to be limited for the foreseeable future.
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“A vendor, a guy who is hawking beer, if they’re there at all, they’re certainly going to be affected,” Mike Plutino, CEO and founder of stadium concessions consulting firm Food Service Matters, told FOX Business. “We don’t anticipate long lines for a lot of anything right now.”
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