Excitement has reached fever pitch over the Rugby World Cup as thousands of fans celebrate the start of the six-week tournament.
The first match will kick-off tomorrow with England versus Fiji at Twickenham Stadium at 8pm.
And with just two weeks to go until the first of three games comes to Milton Keynes, the countdown has well and truly begun.
With stadium:mk expected to reach full-capacity, its food and beverage operations manager Stephen Miller has been preparing for this for the past two years.
By the end of the games, he expects to have sold 18,000 bottles of beer and 700 beer kegs – as well as 18,000 hot drinks.
And for those fans who are hungry for a win, he has ordered in 9,000 hot dogs and 6,500 pies –including steak and ale, chicken, gammon and leek, and spinach, ricotta and mushroom.
All 26 of stadium:mk’s concessions will be open on match days – as well as 36 additional bars being installed to deliver the amount of drinks expected to be sold.
These will all be manned by a team of 326 staff across the three games on October 1, 3 and 6. Mr Miller said: “This is a chance to put Milton Keynes on the international sporting map for having a world-class facility here and being able to accommodate the competition. It has been two years in the planning – and now we only have two weeks to go.
“It’s amazing to be involved in such a huge event. I’d be lying if I said we weren’t nervous – but we’re ready to go.”
> Tomorrow, the council is encouraging everyone to wear a rugby shirt to celebrate the world cup kick-off.
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