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Joe Aillet Stadium sees concession improvements

September 19, 2013

 

Concession Stands

Football fans visit the upgraded concessions stand at a LA Tech football game earlier this season. – Photo by Deepanjan Mukhopadhyay

PAUL HARRIS
Staff Reporter

 

One of the many projected additions to the Joe Aillet football stadium was recently completed to better serve Louisiana Tech fans in attendance at the football games.

 

After two and a half months of work, a revamp of the concession stands on the west side of the stadium allows fans the option to eat at Chick-Fil-A, McAllister’s, The Hut, Johnny’s Pizza or The Landing.

 

Robert Lubbert, head of dining services, said he was satisfied with the feedback on the new additions following the first home game against Lamar University.

 

“The comments I heard were positive,” Lubbert said. “It was a tough game to service, being the first, but I was proud of how our staff handled themselves.”

 

Lubbert said one negative he observed was the lengthy lines at the concession stands.

 

“The lines are a challenge,” Lubbert said. “We had four hawkers working the west side but plan to add more as the season progresses to hopefully eliminate fans from leaving their seats. The hawkers will provide their desired products in the stands to them.”

 

McAllister’s serves a hoagie roll, sandwiches, queso with chips and its famous tea, Lubbert said.

 

“Chick-Fil-A will serve their sandwiches and chicken while the remodeled center stand will serve your typical concession stand type food,” he said. “The Hut will offer the option of grilled hamburgers or Philly cheese steaks while The Landing will offer a delicious fried shrimp and catfish basket.”

 

High school students and their parents run the concession stands, Lubbert said.

 

“The concession stands are a non-profit organization,” he said. “The money made is used to fund local high schools or organization’s expenses for activities they partake in.”

 

The same concession stand renovations will be completed on the east side for next year, Lubbert said.

 

Catering director for Aramark, Dorothy Gustafson, said there will not be student discounts at the concession stands on the east side where the students sit.

 

“Although there are no discounts, we do allow students to use their declining balance on the east side only,” Gustafson said.

 

Aramark and the athletic department provided funding for the new restaurants on the west side, Lubbert said.

 

“I encourage all students to take a peek at the west side concessions to see what will be available to them next year,” Lubbert said.

 

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