Rio-2016 Food Shops Run Out of Food on 1st Day of Olympics
Food ran out on Saturday, the 6th, the first day of Rio-2016. The Arenas and even the food courts set up in the middle of the Olympic Park all ran out of meals and pizza.
Folha went to five arenas: Maria Lenk Aquatic Center (which is hosting water polo), Carioca 3 Arena (fencing), Carioca Arena 2 (judo), Olympic Tennis Center and Juventude Arena (basketball).
Located inside the Olympic Park, the first four were only selling beverages by the end of the morning and the beginning of the afternoon. The food court suffered from an energy outage around 12:30. Sales resumed normally at 1:50 pm.
In the tennis complex, people were instructed to leave the area to go to try to buy meals in the other food shops located throughout the Olympic Park. They needed to have their tickets stamped in order to return and had to stand in line in the hot sun before leaving.
The problem was that outside of the arenas there wasn't food available either. In the food court, in at least ten snack bars one located beside the other, there was no food available around 12:30. According to employees, the energy outage made it impossible to turn on their ovens.
Cashiers (who were walking about the area with card readers in their hands) were instructing people to go to the other side of the food court where the electricity hadn't gone out. However, there were already long lines to be served at these snack bars.
By 1:50 pm the situation in the food court had returned to normal.
At Deodoro, where the basketball game competition will be held, people had to wait for more than an hour to buy food. The isle reserved for senior citizens, pregnant and nursing women and the handicapped had a 40-minute waiting line.
JOSÉ HENRIQUE MARIANTE, contributed
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|Food ran out on Saturday, the first day of Rio-2016; food courts set up in the Olympic Park ran out of meals and pizza|