Remember lining up to get your pie and sauce at the footy, only to have it drip down your arm before you got back to your seat? Or if it survived that long, when you jumped up to cheer a goal? Footy food has come a long way since soggy pastry ruled, with sports fans now demanding variety, quality and extra tasty bites.
Have a laugh at this 1980s AFL ad for footy franks, then check out how far we've come with the menus on offer at Australia's top sporting stadiums as this footy season moves into full swing.
ANZ Stadium - Sydney Olympic Park
ANZ Stadium boasts food and beverage outlets across three levels. You can get your favourite hot dogs, burgers and meat pies, but those with a penchant for something healthier are well catered for too.
Choose from fresh wraps, rolls, sandwiches and sushi. Or, go a little more exotic with tempura fish and chips, Mexican burritos, or chicken and salsa nachos. When you've lost your voice cheering your team on, a full range of beverages awaits, including beer, wine, spirits, juices and soft drinks.
Allianz Stadium - Moore Park
If you can't wait for the Super Rugby rounds at Allianz Stadium, you'll be happy to know your tastebuds get to join in on the excitement too! First things first, you can get your coffee fix with Grinders espresso coffee before you move on to a delicious hot dog.
Burgers are big news at this stadium, as well as pizzas, fish and chips and ice creams. Vegetarians will love Singapore noodles and Asian food fans can indulge in chicken pad Thai and dim sum.
The Melbourne Cricket Ground
In true Melbournian form, you can go to the MCG just to dine out, with two fantastic onsite cafés on offer. The outlets also take it up a notch, with premium hand-made burgers, salt and pepper squid, authentic barista coffee, gourmet pies and delicious desserts.
Not feeling like a gourmet treat? Pick up a pizza, hot dog, chips, chicken drumstick or roast beef roll. If you're in the mood for international flavours, try a dumpling or dim sim with spicy sauce or make your eyes water with an Indian curry. At the end of a long night, you can even warm up with a bowl of soup and a hot, sugar-dipped donut.
Sunny Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium is set to roar during May with rugby and NRL fans, so it's lucky the food and beverage outlets are prepared for hungry hordes!
Snack time is a delight, with cookies, muffins and slices to go with your tea and coffee. When it's time for lunch, dig into chicken tenders and wedges, gourmet pita wraps, beef burgers, toasted sandwiches or pizza. Afternoon drinks are covered as well, with wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks to quench your thirst.
With so many options, you might find yourself circling the most popular venues for hours on end, just trying to make a decision. When it all gets too much, never fear, the trusty hot dog cart is always near!
And if you have your own hungry hordes to feed at your local weekend footy match, our hot dog stand is a great way to do it. Convenient and fuss free, you can feed a lot of people fast. All you need is a hungry team, and a stack of serviettes – what could be simpler?