Tuesday, February 9th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  15 responses

Cavs Care About Fans’ Health, Money

Cleveland has removed all water fountains from the arena, out of concern for the paying customers’ health (and, let’s be honest, the overall bottom line): “Finding water in the arena has become more of a challenge since November, when the Cavs decided to remove all water fountains because of the outbreak of H1N1 flu. The change came as a gradual process. First the fountains were blocked off, then the water was cut off, then the fountains were removed. Complimentary 9-ounce cups of tap water are available at permanent concession stands, which excludes moveable specialty carts … But to Joe Fan, the removal of the fountains looks like a blatant attempt to make more money by selling $4 bottled water. And that might not be all they’re hawking. Standing in line for the complimentary cup subjects fans to the temptations of hot dogs, pizza, popcorn and nachos while they wait. How many have the willpower to take that free water and head back to his or her seat otherwise empty-handed? What if your child is the thirsty one? How likely is it that you’ll escape the line without at least a candy bar? ‘That is simply not the case,’ Carper said of the presumption that increasing revenue prompted the change. ‘This decision was completely focused on creating a more health-safe environment at The Q.”’

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  • http://www.behindtheb.blogspot.coom Sam Raphael Chadwick

    Awww how kind of the Cav’s

  • riggs

    lebrons gonna be drinking out of a little boys cup….and still take his fries

  • http://theurbangriot.com/ NUPE

    If they find an increase in concession sales I’m sure other teams will follow suit. Furthermore, could be another wrinkle in the negotiations about where the money is coming from and how the revenue can be shared.

  • Joe

    I bet there is a limit on how many “complimentary” 9-ounce cups of water, each person can have………..If it were me, I would grab as many cups as I could

  • http://joe@aol.com Mike

    What a bunch of BS. That’s OK. They’ll get theirs. After this season, they won’t have any fans to rip off – since LeBron will be in NYC.

  • Sturm Drang

    Yeesh, there’s nothing wrong with removing the water fountains. Have you SEEN what some people do at those things? It’s definitely a place where people can spread disease. And you already bought the tickets to the game anyway… why are you complaining about free cups of tap water over the fountains? If you can’t keep from buying at the concession stands while waiting for your water, you have bigger problems than not having the fountains around anymore.

  • T-Money

    i had to shell out 17 bucks for my gf to get a cheap cocktail at the game in miami. out of control.

  • LA Huey

    Bring a blonde, preferably with a fat bag that can sneak some dranks and snacks.

  • roman

    On sports radio, the are killing the Cavs front office for this move. Seems like they are trying to stack cheese to keep Lehype. Dirty mofo’s-

  • myke

    That’s what happens when you have LeBrick on the payroll….cuts everywhere!

  • unrel

    REI and most camping supply places carry plastic flasks.. just saying.. but you didn’t hear me say it…

  • bnets

    LBJ a Net in Summer 2010. Brooklyn, New York

  • therighttoremainsalient



    State building code requires drinking fountains. They will be reinstalled over the all-star break. Regulation trumps rampant capitalism and fans win. Lebron will now stay in Ohio.