Hungry Hurricanes fans jumped at the chance to scoff vegetarian burritos and Italian meatballs when Westpac Stadium's new menu made its debut, management says.
Good Friday's Super Rugby clash with the Blues was also the launch of the stadium's new mezzanine lounge.
Stadium chief executive Shane Harmon yesterday called the public opening a success, with about 1000 people popping in for a gander at the 700-capacity facility.
"I spent quite a bit of time in the lounge myself and the feedback I had from talking to fans was universally positive," he said.
"Overall, the feedback was that it was a very good addition to the stadium and the Wellington scene."
While sales figures would not be available until tomorrow, Harmon said he understood all items on the new menu - italian meatballs, yorkshire pudding, vegetarian bean burritos, nasi goreng and chicken schnitzel burgers- sold reasonably well.
The reaction to the new menu and surroundings on social media following Friday night's game was a mix of good and bad.
On Twitter Keegan Check said his $9 chicken schnitzel burger was good value, but he was disappointed Tui was the only beer on tap. Anand Ranchod tweeted that the new bar was "average" and needed more bar leaners and rubbish bins.
Harmon said that feedback had been taken on board and there would be more places to sit and lean, as well as more eftpos machines, at Friday's AFL clash between St Kilda and Brisbane.
He understood punters wanted more beer variety but said the selection was decided by the brewery sponsoring the event.
"I would expect for the AFL next weekend, we'll have about four or five different beers on tap."
It was hoped the AFL would also see the introduction of mobile food carts in the stadium.
- The Dominion Post
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