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Insane prices for food and drink at the MCG in 2024 revealed

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Sorry fans, 2024 is the year to start planning a feed either before or after going to a game at the MCG.

Fans are in for a rude shock at the home of football this year with the price of food and drink soaring to astronomical heights.

While the cost of living crisis grips the nation, the prices at the MCG for the upcoming season are enough to make any human being cry.

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If you’re hoping to sit in the stands while watching your team duke it out with an old fashioned pie and beer, don’t expect a whole heap of change out a $20.

No that’s not a misprint, the cost of food and drink across the board at the MCG has risen by roughly a dollar.

After a Four n Twenty Pie, bucket of hot chips or a 600ml bottle of soft drink? All three will sting you $6.20 this season.

It’s the price of beer however that will infuriate footy fans.

A 425ml draught beer has gone from being $10.50 to now being worth $11.50 in 2024 while a 560ml Carlton Draught has jumped from $12.50 to $13.50.

Yes that means a pie and carlton draught beer will now sting fans $19.70 at the home of football.

In a statement provided to the Herald Sun, AFL Fans Association spokeswoman Sheridan Verwey was surprised by the timing of the hikes.

“Increasing food and drink prices for fans by more than 10 per cent is going to make it more difficult for fans to justify spending limited discretionary money,’’ she said.

“This will likely impact on attendances at AFL games and make an affordable experience at the footy more difficult.’’

MCC chief executive Stuart Fox however said the hikes were in line with what had been passed on by suppliers.

“Like every business, the rising cost of living has also impacted us and … we had to review our pricing structure,’’ he said.

While plans for a family outing enjoying a feed in the stands at the MCG may be dashed, the surge in pricing shouldn’t come as a major shock.

Prices at food and merchandise stands have been rising year on year for as long as fans can remember.

And it’s not just at the home of football where the dollar is now carrying significantly less weight. Across the road at Melbourne Park, tennis fans were greeted with eye-watering costs for this year’s Australian Open.

A 425ml beer in a plastic cup was running fans $14.50 while a glass of champagne was a staggering $29.50.

Food prices were just as jaw-dropping with a beef burger and chips costing $22.50, while a chilli cheese dog was $18.50, a falafel plate $22 and a chocolate bar was $6.

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