Ballpark food delivered right to your seat? The future is here.
While some hotel chains are moving away from full service, some baseball parks are embracing it. While watching a National’s game yesterday, I noticed a sign on my seat advertising mobile ordering with Dasdak.
I just had to try it.
I quickly skipped past the “Healthy Options” and checked out the food and drink sections.
Not only could I order a vodka soda, I could choose from a selection of premium vodkas.
I also noticed you could only get sandwich type food. They didn’t have anything that needed to be deep-fried available, which makes sense.
It took me at least a good ten minutes to do the whole process–mostly because it kept timing out while processing my credit card. The Nationals were actually doing well, so the DC-crowd was (of course) on their cell phones tweeting and facebooking the updates.
The actual delivery? It took less than five minutes. It was so quick I wasn’t sure whether or not they delivered the wrong person’s food.
My vodka soda came in a sippy cup.
My sausage and papers sub was a little soggy, but no more soggy than it gets after I buy it from a vendor and find my seat. Typical ballpark food.
I’ve had waitress service in a special section at a Mets game where you can order your ballpark food, so I’ve had experience with that already, but what’s cool about this service is you can be seated anywhere in the ballpark. Also, the delivery time is much faster.
I love this on a personal level too. I’m sure some of you are thinking “who drinks a vodka soda at a ballgame?!” Well, me.
I’m allergic to beer (hops, specifically), and I’ve been jealous of my ballpark companions when they can just yell out “Beer here!” and get a drink. I’ve been stuck on the end of half-hour long lines just trying to get myself a drink. Now, I can use my mobile to summon a vodka-soda faster than it takes to get the beer-guy’s attention.
Which makes for a happy Jeanne.
I hope they roll this method of ordering ballpark food into more markets, because I’m loving its convenience and I love checking out baseball games when I travel. You can currently get it at all the outdoor DC stadiums (including soccer, DC United).