Video: Small and large beers at Pelicans games are pretty much the same


On the left, a small beer cup. On the right, a large. Both contain the same amount of water. - ALEJANDRO DE LOS RIOS
  • On the left, a small beer cup. On the right, a large. Both contain the same amount of water.

New Orleans Pelicans fans, beware: You're probably better off not paying the extra $3.50 you pay for a "large" beer at home games.

As the pictures above and video below show, the difference between a "small" beer and a "large" beer is just a few ounces, if not less. The small costs $6, the large costs $9.50. With a 50+ percent price difference, you'd expect the larger beer to be at least 50 percent bigger, right?

This came to my attention when I saw this post by Facebook user Brian Gust. Posted Dec. 2, the video has gone viral, generating over 113,000 views. The video shows Gust pouring the beer from a "large" cup into a "regular" cup. The difference is marginal. 

Trying to give the Pelicans the benefit of the doubt, I thought that maybe Gust's "large" beer wasn't filled all the way and that the foam from transferring the beer was making the small cup look fuller than it really was. But this wasn't the case. I went to the Pelicans game against the Utah Jazz and conducted my own experiment:

On the left is the small-sized beer cup, in the middle is the large and on the right is the "premium" beer. As you can see, the "small" and "premium" cups hold the same amount of liquid while the "large" holds just a little bit more. After walking around both the 100-level and 300-level concourses at the Blender, I saw that these sizes were consistent at all beer vendors except the ones that sold exclusively premium beer. 

Now this isn't exactly on par with the scam being pulled on Seahawks fans in 2009 at Qwest Field. In that case, both the large and small beer cups held the exact same amount of liquid. Semantically speaking, the Pelicans do offer one beer that's larger than the other, but the difference between the two hardly seems worth the money charged. 

This concludes your semi-regular reminder that Centerplate is a horrible company run by horrible people.

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