By Jason Chlapek
Killeen Daily Herald
Most sports writers have been in the predicament of having to rush to a restaurant prior to covering a game or match to eat supper.
But if covering an event at Leo Buckley Stadium, they can have supper in the press box – and have plenty of things to choose from.
With local eating establishments such as Jason's Deli, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Cici's Pizza, Church's and Bush's catering items ranging from fruit and veggie trays to fried chicken and pizza, sports writers, coaches, scouts, school board members and administrators likely will leave Leo Buckley with a full stomach.
"We feed around 200 people during every game," said Killeen ISD athletics technician/press box director Yolanda Colvin. "We've been doing this since I started here 15 years ago, and I'd like to have more sponsors, but we're doing well with what we have."
Colvin has cut a deal with the various vendors who sponsor the press box. Those businesses that donate drinks (Pepsi and Bush's on 38th Street) and plates, napkins and other eating utensils (Wal-Mart of Harker Heights and Let's Party party supply store) donate goods to Colvin, while the businesses that donate food have given her a buy-one-get-one-free deal.
In other words, Colvin buys one tray of chicken nuggets from Chick-fil-A, and the business gives her a second one free of charge. Jason's Deli provides fruit and veggie trays (two each), Church's provides 100 pieces of chicken, Subway provides four sandwich trays and Bush's provides several gallons of sweet tea.
Colvin said the cost for everything averages $300 a game, and with 20 regular season football games taking place this year, the total cost for hospitality goods in the press box rounds out to approximately $6,000. Of course, more money will be spent if Leo Buckley plays host to any football playoff games.
Colvin and a member of her staff leave at 4 p.m. on gamedays to pick up goods from Church's, Bush's, Subway, Wal-Mart, Let's Party and Cici's, and return by 5 p.m. to prepare them for serving. Chick-fil-A and Jason's Deli deliver their trays between 5-6 p.m.
Colvin has a staff of six who assist in the hospitality area.
"I enjoy this part of my job," she said. "The best part of this is getting to meet school board members, administrators and others on a one-to-one basis. Everyone is so friendly and down-to-earth."
Contact Jason Chlapek at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7565.