Even by the standards of Perth and sporting venue prices it seemed frighteningly steep: could a meat pie at Optus Stadium really be going for $12?
The short answer, apparently is “no”. The world hasn’t gone crazy and no Mrs Mac’s meals for one are not going for double-digit dollars — but those photos you’ve been seeing on social media likely aren’t doctored either.
Stadium officials have confirmed there were some brief issues this morning at the Australian v England one-dayer with display screens that showed beef pies at $12 and sausage rolls at $10.50.
But they say the situation was quickly rectified and that no customer was ever charged that amount for the grub.
As noted, a giveaway to the glitch might have been a difference of nearly $5 between the plain beef pie and the one featuring bacon and cheese as well.
For the record, according to Optus Stadium officials, the actual prices of pies, sausage rolls and other pastry products are as follows:
Giant sausage roll – $5.20
Beef, cheese and bacon pie – $5.50
Spinach and ricotta roll – $5.50
Bacon and cheese sausage roll – $5.50
And they maintain the pricing structure at the new venue is comparable with other stadiums around the country:
Which is not to say today’s opening of Perth’s shiny new piece of sporting infrastructure went entirely to plan.
Apart from the signage issue — which gained predictable traction on Facebook and Twitter — there was also some angst about queue lengths for food and some bars running dry on beer.
One of our readers didn’t think too highly of his fish burger, either.
But for every complaint — and example of a teething problem — there were (at times!) just about as many compliments for a venue that has been touted as world-class in the lead-up to the grand opening.
Not to mention the first hurdle the stadium had to overcome to start the day — fans getting accustomed to driving to games having to get there by public transport instead.
By most accounts, it went fairly smoothly.
Now, they just need to do something about the spelling of Marcus Stoinis’ name!