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Let's eat two

The new all-you-can-eat seats at Dodger Stadium should make for some interesting plays this season.

January 15, 2007

NEVER MIND THE possibility of seeing a grand slam, a triple play or a no-hitter. For fans sitting in the new all-you-can-eat seats in the right-field pavilion section of Dodger Stadium this season, going to the game will be all about the food.

Yet at $40 per ticket on game day -- compared with $10 for a similar but foodless seat -- fans will have to put their digestive systems into overdrive just to recoup the additional cost. Start with five Dodger dogs, with a value (we use the term advisedly) of $4.50 apiece. At 380 calories per dog, that's 1,900 calories, or almost equal to the average American diet of about 2,000 calories a day. But that only adds up to $22.50, so you can add some peanuts (170 calories for a handful) and wash it down with a regular-sized soda (24 ounces) for 270 or so additional calories.

The average Dodgers fan spends a little more than $12 on food during a game. Clearly, the people in the right-field pavilion will not be your average Dodgers fans.

The new section is expected to be especially attractive to large groups, which can get discounts on the price of seats. But aside from the group that organizes the World Hot Dog Eating Contest, would anyone actually consume enough to break even? Even if they also get to have nachos, popcorn and water? (Dodgers spokesmen hasten to say that no one during their test runs last season ate like a glutton, except for a reporter.) Wisely, the Dodgers have decided not to include beer, ice cream and candy in the promotion.

Still: hot dogs, soda, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and water -- it ought to be enough to satisfy even the most demanding Dodgers fan. Unless, of course, the team is losing, in which case not even beer would make a difference.

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