The stadium’s vendor, Levy UK + Eire, blamed the situation on a technical difficulty with its cost supplier that prevented card transactions from being processed for 2 hours.
“We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this caused customers,” a Levy spokesman mentioned in an announcement, “and would like to thank our employees at Aviva Stadium for the spirit they showed in keeping everything going.”
Phrase shortly unfold within the first half and earlier than lengthy strains started to develop at concession stands. It wasn’t simply beer that was handed out, however all the pieces obtainable, together with meals.
The Omaha World-Herald reported a minimum of one fan coming away with seven beers and lots of others choosing a extra manageable 4. French fries — or chips, as they’re known as on the opposite facet of the Atlantic Ocean — proved a preferred merchandise, as did scorching canines.
“Nothing is free in Ireland — but this is!” exclaimed a Dublin native attending the sport, per the newspaper.
With the school soccer season set to start in full subsequent week, the Cornhuskers and Wildcats have been amongst a handful of groups enjoying Saturday, and their tilt was by far essentially the most outstanding matchup. The matchup of Large Ten packages, squaring off earlier than a listed 42,699 followers within the Aer Lingus School Soccer Traditional, was the one energy convention showdown on the “Week 0” stage.
Sadly for Nebraska and embattled coach Scott Frost, the Wildcats pulled off a second-half comeback and bought a 31-28 win. Serving to Northwestern’s trigger was an unsuccessful onside kick try by the Huskers after they took a 28-17 lead within the third quarter.
If that call by Frost was surprising, the identical might be mentioned for the extended interval in the course of the sport by which foods and drinks got away to anybody prepared to queue up for it. For the Nebraska followers who made the journey to Eire just for a disappointing consequence, there was a minimum of some silver lining — not solely did they obtain free beer, however time spent on the concourse was time not spent watching one other loss unfold following final 12 months’s 3-9 season.
Attendees and staffers on the sport weren’t the one ones affected. Levy, the catering firm, mentioned the third-party difficulty prolonged to elsewhere in Eire and even past the nation.
“Our team at Aviva Stadium were extremely quick to ensure that the fan experience was upheld and food and beverage kiosks were kept open serving customers for the entirety of this period,” Levy mentioned in its assertion. It added that after its cost system returned to operational standing, followers “continued to enjoy the College football event.”