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Event drinks policy at Canberra Stadium?

By 15 November 2012 30

Last night at Canberra Stadium the plastic lid from my water bottle was taken by security prior to entry. Why I asked?

”Don’t know” was the reply.

Joked about the dangers of plastic lids, then was mightily irked to discover that water and softdrink was being sold inside the Stadium with their lids intact.

Does this mean that the lid on my $2 IGA bought water is a danger to society and should I switch to drinking 2 litres of scotch a day to keep hydrated?

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30 Responses to Event drinks policy at Canberra Stadium?
#1
CrocodileGandhi5:12 pm, 15 Nov 12

That sort of thing is usually done to break the seal and make sure you aren’t taking a water bottle full of vodka into the premises. Seems much less likely at an Elton John gig.

#2
Pork Hunt6:12 pm, 15 Nov 12

That sort of thing shits me to tears. Is it supposed to be some sort of 9/11 hang over?
They used aircraft, not 600 ml water bottles FFS.
What about the security dudes that have to sit on a chair with their back to the game at NRL, Super rugby and the cricket?
Exactly what hideous act of terrorism are they supposed to prevent?
The people who want to disrupt our society and way of life will use weapons of mass destruction.
In the only two instances that I can think of terrorists using alledgedly elaborate weapons, both failed. Those being the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber, both on aircraft.
The world has yet to see terrorists trying to overwhelm security agents with bad after shave at Bruce Stadium.
Phew! If I keep this up, I could get a job as Mr G’s speech writer…

#3
bundah6:17 pm, 15 Nov 12

Pork Hunt said :

That sort of thing shits me to tears. Is it supposed to be some sort of 9/11 hang over?
They used aircraft, not 600 ml water bottles FFS.
What about the security dudes that have to sit on a chair with their back to the game at NRL, Super rugby and the cricket?
Exactly what hideous act of terrorism are they supposed to prevent?
The people who want to disrupt our society and way of life will use weapons of mass destruction.
In the only two instances that I can think of terrorists using alledgedly elaborate weapons, both failed. Those being the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber, both on aircraft.
The world has yet to see terrorists trying to overwhelm security agents with bad after shave at Bruce Stadium.
Phew! If I keep this up, I could get a job as Mr G’s speech writer…

Now take a few deep breaths,compose yourself and at the top of your lungs yell out…farktard!

#4
xperfect_darkx6:28 pm, 15 Nov 12

I thought it was done so you couldn’t throw it at the performer, an unopened bottle would make a better projectile than an opened one. Doesn’t explain why they’re selling them with lids inside though. Lots of events sell them and take the lid/open the can.

#5
maxblues6:52 pm, 15 Nov 12

Yes Mrs D, you are on the right track…if you must drink water, then it should be diluted with scotch. Your ratio of 600ml of water per 2 litres of scotch seems about right. In scotch I recommend Highland Park 30yo, Lagavulin, Chivas Royal Salute or if your power bill has just lobbed, you might want something at the value end of the market such as Eriskay. Sorry, I know nothing about water.

#6
Thumper6:56 pm, 15 Nov 12

No question. Take the scotch option….

#7
LSWCHP8:03 pm, 15 Nov 12

Most likely a bit of inexpensive security theatre. Reassures the dim at minimal cost while achieving not very much.

#8
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd10:02 pm, 15 Nov 12

xperfect_darkx said :

I thought it was done so you couldn’t throw it at the performer, an unopened bottle would make a better projectile than an opened one. Doesn’t explain why they’re selling them with lids inside though. Lots of events sell them and take the lid/open the can.

Pretty sure it’s purely a profit thing. Buy booze inside only for a premium.

#9
thatsnotme11:14 pm, 15 Nov 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

xperfect_darkx said :

I thought it was done so you couldn’t throw it at the performer, an unopened bottle would make a better projectile than an opened one. Doesn’t explain why they’re selling them with lids inside though. Lots of events sell them and take the lid/open the can.

Pretty sure it’s purely a profit thing. Buy booze inside only for a premium.

That’s what I’d have thought too. Normally the rules for taking bottled drinks into an event (and I’m more familiar with festivals) are that the bottle has to be unopened, with the seal intact. The intent is simply to ensure that you’re not avoiding exorbitant venue booze prices by taking your own pre-mix drinks inside.

Confiscating the lid though? That’s one I’ve never come across – even when buying a drink inside an event, it’s never gone beyond cracking the seal. Do we all need to head to events with a sneaky drink bottle lid stashed away somewhere?

Also, Pork Hunt, I don’t think this has one iota to do with 9/11, or the terrorists. Well, unless you think that a statement like ‘if we allow the punters to bring their own food and drink into the stadium, thus avoiding the exorbitant prices our authorised retailers charge, then the terrorists have already won’ is in any way true.

#10
Roundhead893:24 am, 16 Nov 12

I don’t know about their drinks policy but they need to look at their sound policy. I went to the Lee Kernaghan/Dwight Yoakam concert last night and we were blasted out of our seats, the volume was so loud and shrill. It wrecked the whole concert.

#11
michcon7:12 am, 16 Nov 12

I used to work for Ticketek. It is as xperfect_darkx described – an open bottle of water will make a far less dangerous missile, usually half emptying itself and wiping momentum off in mid-air. We only used to do it for some shows though – so it would seem to be a policy set by the individual promoter rather than the venue and doubt it has anything to do with maximizing drink sales on the basis it was pretty inconsistent. It was so painful too – but at lest they told us why – and most people understood. Maybe the drink vendors didn’t get the memo to serve open bevvies?

#12
watto239:52 am, 16 Nov 12

so the trick is to keep a few spare lids in your pockets :-)

#13
poetix10:22 am, 16 Nov 12

watto23 said :

so the trick is to keep a few spare lids in your pockets :-)

How do you hide vodka in lids?

#14
Alderney10:27 am, 16 Nov 12

When I was at Iron Maiden in 2008 and 2011 I noticed they were taking water off everyone as they entered the hall, so I tucked my two bottles of water down the back of my shorts. And we were the first to the barrier winners from the fan club. If you can’t trust the fan club to behave who can you trust?

It was pretty warm by the time I got to it but it was wet so I didn’t care.

#15
bundah10:46 am, 16 Nov 12

poetix said :

watto23 said :

so the trick is to keep a few spare lids in your pockets :-)

How do you hide vodka in lids?

I’d like to say you freeze it but who has a freezer @ -110 C?

#16
Madam Cholet10:50 am, 16 Nov 12

Just the thought of anyone having their bottle lids removed from their possession at an Elton John concert so they reduce the risk of A) someone wanting to throw the bottle, and B) the bottle, having been thrown, actually hitting Sir Elton is pretty funny. Did they have a look at the demographic filing through the doors at all?

Hell, I have an Elton John CD at home and I’m 40. I think I’d look positively teenaged at an Elton concert. I have never thrown a bottle in my life and wouldn’t have a good enough aim if I tried anyway.

Perhaps it’s to foil the guy from the ‘Dangerous Passenger’ thread over there!

#17
Jim Jones10:54 am, 16 Nov 12

Roundhead89 said :

I don’t know about their drinks policy but they need to look at their sound policy. I went to the Lee Kernaghan/Dwight Yoakam concert last night and we were blasted out of our seats, the volume was so loud and shrill. It wrecked the whole concert.

If you willingly went to see that concert, then you deserve far far worse than that.

#18
Genie12:12 pm, 16 Nov 12

Lol… They take the lid so people can’t throw fully bottles at either the performers or over the crowds and hurt someone… If it doesn’t have a lid and you throw a full bottle… It will be empty and much lighter by the time it would hit someone

Security guard up in Sydney once told me to keep a spare lid in your pocket…

#19
DrKoresh12:53 pm, 16 Nov 12

Genie said :

Lol… They take the lid so people can’t throw fully bottles at either the performers or over the crowds and hurt someone… If it doesn’t have a lid and you throw a full bottle… It will be empty and much lighter by the time it would hit someone

Security guard up in Sydney once told me to keep a spare lid in your pocket…

Or if you are actually just looking for stuff to chuck at the people on stage (let’s say it was One Direction or Bono) then maybe just… rocks?

#20
New Yeah1:04 pm, 16 Nov 12

watto23 said :

so the trick is to keep a few spare lids in your pockets :-)

Agreed.

I always like to go to a gig with a lid or two and get blunted, nicely blunted.

#21
MERC6003:16 pm, 16 Nov 12

maxblues said :

Yes Mrs D, you are on the right track…if you must drink water, then it should be diluted with scotch. Your ratio of 600ml of water per 2 litres of scotch seems about right. In scotch I recommend Highland Park 30yo, Lagavulin, Chivas Royal Salute or if your power bill has just lobbed, you might want something at the value end of the market such as Eriskay. Sorry, I know nothing about water.

You ever heard of a whisky called “old Parr ” ?. I was leaving Jim Murphys one day and they had mini bottles for 5 bucks on the counter, so with me crook glasses on I got one thinking it read old port. Have yet to try it.

#22
maxblues8:09 pm, 16 Nov 12

Never trust a Scotch named after an Englishman, especially one supposedly lived for 152 years. Thomas Parr (1483 reputedly to 14 Nov 1635).

#23
farnarkler10:40 pm, 16 Nov 12

The Saffas have a good idea for sneaking grog into concerts, etc: http://www.totpak.co.za/our-products/bottlebox-range/art-of-the-tot/

#24
Mr Evil10:35 am, 17 Nov 12

Jim Jones said :

Roundhead89 said :

I don’t know about their drinks policy but they need to look at their sound policy. I went to the Lee Kernaghan/Dwight Yoakam concert last night and we were blasted out of our seats, the volume was so loud and shrill. It wrecked the whole concert.

If you willingly went to see that concert, then you deserve far far worse than that.

Jim, not everyone is into Nana Mouskouri or The (New) Seekers.

#25
Mr Evil10:36 am, 17 Nov 12

maxblues said :

Never trust a Scotch named after an Englishman, especially one supposedly lived for 152 years. Thomas Parr (1483 reputedly to 14 Nov 1635).

Yeah, but surely 100 of those years he spent his time being well aged in a barrel!

#26
Duffbowl1:16 pm, 17 Nov 12

Behold, the Beer Belly and the Wine Rack…

I’ve seen the Beer Belly in action. It’s okay, as long as you use the ice pack add-on as well. Don’t expect the beer to remain carbonated for hours. Holds just over 2.3 litres.

The Wine Rack: it would take a pretty bold security guard to suggest to a woman to show them what’s in her bra. It holds 750ml, but no ice pack.

#27
Duffbowl1:16 pm, 17 Nov 12

Duffbowl said :

Behold, the Beer Belly and the Wine Rack…

I’ve seen the Beer Belly in action. It’s okay, as long as you use the ice pack add-on as well. Don’t expect the beer to remain carbonated for hours. Holds just over 2.3 litres.

The Wine Rack: it would take a pretty bold security guard to suggest to a woman to show them what’s in her bra. It holds 750ml, but no ice pack.

*sigh* just when you think you’re doing okay, you forget the link…

http://www.thebeerbelly.com/

#28
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd4:56 pm, 17 Nov 12

Duffbowl said :

Duffbowl said :

Behold, the Beer Belly and the Wine Rack…

I’ve seen the Beer Belly in action. It’s okay, as long as you use the ice pack add-on as well. Don’t expect the beer to remain carbonated for hours. Holds just over 2.3 litres.

The Wine Rack: it would take a pretty bold security guard to suggest to a woman to show them what’s in her bra. It holds 750ml, but no ice pack.

*sigh* just when you think you’re doing okay, you forget the link…

http://www.thebeerbelly.com/

That is absolutely incredible. Sadly the no carbonation thing is a killer. Maybe fill that with wine too?

#29
Duffbowl11:03 pm, 17 Nov 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Duffbowl said :

Duffbowl said :

Behold, the Beer Belly and the Wine Rack…

I’ve seen the Beer Belly in action. It’s okay, as long as you use the ice pack add-on as well. Don’t expect the beer to remain carbonated for hours. Holds just over 2.3 litres.

The Wine Rack: it would take a pretty bold security guard to suggest to a woman to show them what’s in her bra. It holds 750ml, but no ice pack.

*sigh* just when you think you’re doing okay, you forget the link…

http://www.thebeerbelly.com/

That is absolutely incredible. Sadly the no carbonation thing is a killer. Maybe fill that with wine too?

It will hold carb, but not over say six hours. What they need to do is figure a connection using soda siphon bulbs to give it a small boost every now and then :)

#30
astrojax11:57 am, 19 Nov 12

Duffbowl said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Duffbowl said :

Duffbowl said :

Behold, the Beer Belly and the Wine Rack…

I’ve seen the Beer Belly in action. It’s okay, as long as you use the ice pack add-on as well. Don’t expect the beer to remain carbonated for hours. Holds just over 2.3 litres.

The Wine Rack: it would take a pretty bold security guard to suggest to a woman to show them what’s in her bra. It holds 750ml, but no ice pack.

*sigh* just when you think you’re doing okay, you forget the link…

http://www.thebeerbelly.com/

That is absolutely incredible. Sadly the no carbonation thing is a killer. Maybe fill that with wine too?

It will hold carb, but not over say six hours. What they need to do is figure a connection using soda siphon bulbs to give it a small boost every now and then :)

is that a soda siphon in your pants are you just happy to see me?

puts a new complexion on ‘blow me’ when they ask to search you…

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