Why have football stadiums stopped selling this popular snack food?

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Football stadiums are adapting to new parameters, but why is this popular snack food missing?

Football stadiums and popular snack food options are a winning pair. As some stadiums have welcomed back limited crowds, stadium food menu options have changed. Why is one snack food seemingly missing from the football stadium menu?

This football season has been different for fans. Instead of watching their favorite team in person many people have been delegated to homegate and watch each touchdown and winning drive from the comfort of their couch. Still, a few teams have opened the turnstiles and let fans watch the games in person.

Football stadiums across the nation who have let fans watch games in person have adapted new safety protocols. From social distancing to mask wearing, most fans are eager to follow the parameters to be able to watch their favorite team in person.

Still, this football season is all about pivoting and change. Tomorrow is unknown and the stadiums are learning which food options work and which ones do not. For Hard Rock Stadium, they made a menu change to ensure that their fans are safe.

In a call with media, Tom Garfinkel, the President of the Miami Dolphins, mentioned that Hard Rock Stadium adapted its menu to ensure the safety of its fans. While attendance is capped at 13K, the stadium continually looks to ensure that its guests and their safety are the primary concern. With that idea in mind, it removed a popular snack from its stadium menu.

During the call, it was revealed that popcorn is no longer being served at Miami Dolphins games. Over the first couple of games, staff saw that some guests would use eating popcorn as a reason to keep their face masks off for a long time.

While face coverings are not required while actively eating, some guests were using a loophole. Eating one kernel of popcorn at a time over a three-hour game seems a little excessive. The stadium staff thought that it was better to remove popcorn from the football stadium menu to err on the side of caution by removing the loophole. So, the popular snack food is not currently available on the menu.

Truthfully, some people might have never given the menu omission a thought. Still, the conscious decision to adapt the menu shows that the Hard Rock Stadium is putting the safety of the guests and fans first. Closing down a loophole shows that guest safety is the most important factor to keep fans being able to see the game in person.

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