Seahawks change gameplan over 'Beergate' cup size scandal

Seahawks change gameplan over 'Beergate' cup size scandal

Seahawks change gameplan over 'Beergate' cup size scandal

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on January 7, 2011 at 7:44 PM

SEATTLE -- Thirsty Seahawks fans, rest easy tonight. You'll get every ounce of beer you paid for at Saturday's playoff game at Qwest Field.

You Tube video was posted Thursday showing a fan, presumably at a recent Seahawks game at Qwest Field, pouring the contents of a "large" 20 ounce beer into a "small" beer's 16 ounce cup.

All of the liquid poured from the 20 ounce cup fit completely into the 16 ounce cup, to the surprise and outrage of the Seahawks fan.

The 20 ounce beer costs $1.25 more than the 16 ounce beer. In a nutshell, fans who bought the 16 ounce beer have been getting the same amount of their favorite domestic for less money than the fans who paid more for the 20 ounce.

The video went viral around Seattle, with comments, Facebook posts, tweets and emails. Some even dubbed it "Beergate," giving the ordeal instant scandal status. 

By Thursday evening, officials at Qwest Field got hold of the video and responded:

"We discovered the cups that are marked 16 oz. hold 20 oz. of liquid. Fans who purchased a 16 oz. beer actually received 20 oz. of beer for the 16 oz. price," they wrote.

As a result, only 20 ounce beers will be served at Saturday's playoff game against the Saints, and Qwest will charge the 16 ounce price.

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