UPDATED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 --- 10:30 p.m.
Some organizations that used to partner with the W Club on football Saturdays also won't be returning this year, saying there are just too many loopholes to go through to allow their kids to work.
"The new vendor is requiring that all of the volunteers have a permission slip from their parents if they're under 18 and that they dress is more formal attire," Mike Lipp said. "For example, khakis and a white shirt. This work in the concessions stand is wrapping brats for four hours... where food and grease get slopped all over. It's so big of a change, that the Optimist Club has decided not to have a stand this year, in I don't know how long."
Lipp is the athletic director at Madison West High. He says in past seasons, he would recruit students to work at the games, selling food and drinks to raise scholarship money for the school's Optimist Club. Now that they can't, he says it's unfortunate because it was a good learning experience.
"It taught the kids responsibility," Lipp said. "They had to show up on time, they had to work, they had to handle food in an appropriate manner."
UPDATED Wednesday, September 4, 2013 --- 6:10 p.m.
Reporter: Phil Levin
After slow concession service prompted an apology after the Badger opener Saturday, staff say they requested additional servers for the games this weekend.
In an email to football season ticket holders, Alvarez wrote:
"We apologize for the inconvenience you may have experienced. Please be assured we are aware of the issues and are already working with our concessions partner on solutions for next week’s game."
It was the first athletic contest served by Learfield Levy Foodservice. The group outbid The National W Club, a nonprofit that oversaw foodservice since 1962 and organized station staffing by other nonprofit area groups.
Justin Doherty, a UW Athletics spokesperson, says they requested and expect more servers in the stands for this week's game against Tennessee Tech.
Five W Club staffers that oversaw their foodservice operation have since taken jobs at Learfield.
Posted Friday, August 30, 2013 --- 10:10 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A new vendor at Camp Randall is ending a decades-old tradition of youths selling drinks in the stands during games.
Learfield Levy Foodservice LLC will exclusively sell soft drinks from the Dr Pepper Snapple Group at the stadium. The company policy requires all employees to be at least 18 years old.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports the nonprofit W Club ran concession operations since 1962 and sponsored the youth program.
But the school put the drink contract up for a bid. The contract is expected to be worth up to $24 million over the next decade to the university.
Shane Ryan worked Badgers games last season as a 12-year-old. His mother, Kelly Ryan, says she wishes the school would have left the program alone.
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