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Tastebuds the target for Domain’s last season

Pork ribs and pork bao buns have been added to the members menu at Domain Stadium as staff prepare for their last season of AFL service at Subiaco.

The pork dishes are among the new gourmet offerings at the Bill Walker Room members’ bar designed to reverse a decline in customer satisfaction.

Stadium management set a satisfaction target of 65 per cent for last year but fell short at 58.6 per cent.

Prices for standard food and drink items will be the same or lower compared with last year but Domain Stadium remains one of the most expensive in the AFL.

A Western Sydney University study found last year that Domain Stadium sold the most expensive beer of 21 Australian sporting venues surveyed.

This year a 425ml cup of Carlton Mid will set you back $8.50. Bundle your beer with a hot dog and you will be $15 out of pocket.

The price of Cornetto ice creams has fallen from $5.50 to $5. Magnum ice-creams are also 50c cheaper at $5.50.

WAFC stadiums and facilities manager Paul Lekias said there were more adventurous options available for the football foodie.

“The Bill Walker Room members’ bar will undergo a refresh in food offerings, including premium items such as a hot pastrami sandwich, pork bao buns, double stack burgers and pork ribs and slaw,” Mr Lekias said.

“The Gate 19 ‘live site’ will also continue to offer live outdoor cooking, a big screen and a range of specialty food items.”

WA Football Commission chief executive Gavin Taylor said the catering and customer service teams had worked hard to maintain a high standard in an ageing facility.

“This commitment to customer service is something we are striving to enhance again in 2017,” Mr Taylor said.

“Central to a great day out at the footy is a great food and beverage experience.

“Having invested over $2 million into improving this experience, the food offering has evolved to include cafe quality choice, while also remaining conscious of affordability.”

It might be the last AFL pre-season for the Domain Stadium team but it has not been the laziest. The AFL Women’s competition and two huge concerts last month have made things very interesting for ground staff.

The Adele concert, in particular, took a heavy toll on the playing surface.

About 5000sqm of turf — a quarter of the oval — had to be replaced in 72 hours ahead of two JLT Community Series fixtures this month.

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