By Alanna Lintin
Olympic organisers Logoc have released information regarding food and drink available to spectators at the Olympic Games this summer.
Once again eyebrows are being raised at the way the Olympics are being handled, with extortionate prices being quoted. Logoc have been quick to defend the prices however, with chief executive Paul Deighton stating that “they are comparable to other major sporting events”.
Mr Deighton added: “We have gone to great lengths to find top quality, tasty food that celebrates the best of Britain. “We believe that our prices are more than comparable to those found at other major sporting events, which because of their temporary nature are often more expensive than the high street.”
A pint of Heineken – the only lager that can be served at the Games due to sponsorship – will set Olympic fans back a massive £7.23 – over double the national average. British favourites such as cod and chips will cost £8, or lamb curry and rice for £8.50, with tea from £2 a cup. Even bottles of water will be charged at £1.60 – much more expensive than at supermarkets.
Logoc have taken on security measures similar to those in airports; liquids of more than 100ml will be confiscated due to the risk of liquid bombs. Spectators can however bring empty bottles to be filled with free drinking water inside the venues. Similarly, a ban has been announced on picnics or excessive amounts of food being taken into the venues, encouraging the public to buy from vendors and sponsors at the events.
A spokesman for Logoc said: “Where we are trying to get to is, if you come with a backpack with some sandwiches in, that won’t be a problem. “It would be more of an issue if you came with a massive picnic hamper. With the numbers here, you have to get people in, in large numbers, as quickly as possible. You don’t really want people coming in with massive bulky bags.”
Advice to anyone with tickets to the Games, would be to take advantage of the free drinking water, and take sandwiches and small snacks in a backpack. As nice as a pint and a jacket potato would be whilst watching the Olympics, is it really worth £13 of your hard earned cash?