Although grilling as we know it today developed in the 1950s, one can argue that Notre Dame has earned a privileged place in the art of concession stand operation. Students and faculty have been selling game day grub and gear for as long as crowds have craved hot dogs and hamburgers, a symbiotic relationship based on the fantastic football weekends that have made the University famous.
Last weekend, I helped manage the Militia of the Immaculata’s concession stand before the game against the University of North Carolina. MI is the campus chapter of a global group founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe in 1917 and is committed to spreading Marian devotion. All proceeds would go to our keynote speaker fund, which we hope will bring Dr. Scott Hahn, a famous Catholic theologian, to ND.
Having four years of concession experience under my belt, I recognized the amount of preparation required for maintaining a successful stand. I was, however, fortunate enough to have the assistance of two up-and-coming MI underclassmen to help me with the necessary arrangements: Brian Buechler, a sophomore mechanical engineer, and Rose Anderson, a sophomore history and theology major.
Three weeks before the game, we composed an SAOnline request form for our concession stand. SAOnline is the electronic program ND uses to organize campus events. We also had to attend a Concession Stand Training Session, an hour-long course on food safety, security, and sales strategies. The following week, I submitted a cash advance form and called Catering... By Design for our food order. MI purchased the default order (which probably seems like an astonishing amount):
- 6 cases of hamburgers (240 total)
- 1 case of hot Dogs (100 total)
- 5 cases of brats (250 total)
- 20 dozen hamburger buns
- 30 dozen hot dog buns
- 4 bags of ice