The Phillies and Aramark Have To Figure Out Dollar Dog Night Lines
This was yesterday’s Dollar Dog Night line 20 minutes before the game:
If you thought the Phillies were gonna figure out Dollar Dog Night lines you’re wrong. This is the line 20 minutes BEFORE the game. pic.twitter.com/MVM4na4vXq
— Crossing Broad (@CrossingBroad) April 25, 2023
People jumped in the comments left and right to share their experiences:
Went to the last dollar dog night. Worst experience at citizens bank park I’ve had. Never going to another DD night again.
— Thadeus587 🌖 (@Thadeus587) April 26, 2023
40 minutes in a line that has yet to move or give out a single hot dog. Great dollar dog night @Phillies
— Kelly Dougherty (@xxkellynicole) April 25, 2023
Yeah I went to the first one I was in like from the middle of the first inning to the middle of the sixth
— Star Belly Sports (@StarBellySports) April 25, 2023
Citizens Bank Park is a hellscape this year. Didn’t get to our seats till the fifth on Friday due to lines everywhere.
— Ryan Simmons (@IONRyan) April 26, 2023
I waited 3 Innings before I got my dogs smh 🤦🏻♂️
— B (@Bi0ri0) April 26, 2023
Can confirm. They didn’t fix nothing. https://t.co/svV60mKr4z
— Tyler (@01hitwonder) April 25, 2023
How do Aramark and the Phillies sleep at night? Were they not expecting people to show up for a World Series contending team? You would think maybe after the first DDN had the same problems they would at least give a half-assed effort to speed up the lines. Nope.
Now, I know a lot of people have their “hacks”. Some go to Bull’s BBQ or know other stands that typically have shorter lines while others head up to the 300 level where there is presumed to be less people. My preferred method, which I only learned last year, is bring cash. Buy from the vendors on the concourse in the yellow shirts. The 100 level by the Harry Kalas statue is my go to spot. They bring out 60 dogs. Sell them all right away. Walk to the back to replenish and someone else comes out with 60 more. It’s like a conveyor belt of processed meat. Henry Ford would shed a tear if he saw it.
Still, Aramark and the Phillies have to figure it out. Parents can’t drag their children all over the ballpark to find dollar dogs. You shouldn’t have to go to the 300 level if you’re in the 100 level seats and vice-a-versa just so you can sit down and watch three innings of baseball. That would be like missing half the movie because you were waiting in line to get popcorn.
I haven’t been to a DDN yet this year, but supposedly the wait is due to the concession stands refusing to take cash. So instead of a five second transaction you’re turning it into 15 seconds while you put your card in, navigate the tip screen, and wait for it to process. I know cash is taboo now, but waiving that rule for only DDNs would be the solution. They limit four dogs per transaction. I’m sure most Phillies fans wouldn’t mind giving the cashier a $5 bill a moving right along. Now your workers are making tips. Everybody wins!
More vendors. More cash. Less wait time so we can enjoy the game. The Phils are 0-2 on DDN this year. Probably because they look out into the crowd and see no one there supporting them because they’re all in line trying to get some cheap meat.