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People line up at the concession stand in the new addition at North Bend Central. The television screen on the west wall shows prices and items available.

Food flying out of new snack stand

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 2/18/15

Most fans who have visited the new NBC gymnasium this season didn’t go home hungry. And that suits NBC concession stand manager DJ Mottl just fine.

“It has been wonderful since the start of the year and super since we opened the new gym,” Mottl said.

Mottl, who teaches vocational agriculture and sponsors FFA at NBC, said sales have nearly doubled from a year ago, when concessions were sold in the cafeteria.

“I attribute a lot of that to people wanting to come to the new facility,” he said. “It’s an enjoyable experience and we have really expanded our offerings and found products that sell.”

Location may help as well. Fans entering the new athletic entrance have to pass by the new stand – and smell the popcorn – on their way to the gym. The old concession stand was in the rear of the building.

While Mottl organizes the stand, various school organizations supply the manpower. FFA, Student Council, Science Club, Spanish Club, Art Club, Future Business Leaders of America, the cheer and dance squads, choir and band, Booster Club, National Honor Society, Close-Up and the junior class have all taken their turns.

“The stand is a great fund raiser for our organizations,” Mottl said. “Generally on a four-game basketball night they can clear between $500 and $900.”
Hamburgers have recently been added to the menu, Mottl said, and they have helped sales.

“I would also say that our selection of items has grown and that has been maybe a bigger part of the success,” Mottle said. “We offer hamburgers, hotdogs, polish dogs, pretzels, nachos, cream-cheese-stuffed pretzels – we just added these the past two games and they have been good sellers – popcorn, 26 different kinds of candy, 14 kinds of pop, cold frappuccino, six to ten kinds of Gatorade, bottled water and tea.”

Still, it can be a challenge for groups to find help.

“Our students are so involved in activities,” Mottl said, “that it takes some creative scheduling to fill all the slots for all the activities.”

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