It was more than just the football team on the field that was busy at working out the kinks during the first home game at Mississippi State last Saturday.

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Mississippi State Athletic Director John Cohen speaks about the progress of his department during Monday’s meeting of the Starkville Rotary Club.

Mississippi State Athletic Director John Cohen and his staff were also busy making adjustments with the game day atmosphere.

When the Bulldogs hosted the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles, many concerns were raised about the long lines and quality of service at concession stands throughout Davis Wade Stadium.

Cohen was excited to announced last year about lowering concession prices and providing the best deals in the Southeastern Conference.

He was just as disappointed over the weekend when the process to achieve that did not meet expectations.

“The prices, we are going to keep them there and keep working to improve this,” Cohen told the Starkville Rotary Club on Monday. “All I’m going to say is last weekend was not where we wanted it to be in terms of concessions. We had some very lengthy, good, frank discussions about concessions this past weekend. I think you are going to see a drastic improvement in that.”

In a statement released by Cohen over the weekend, he apologized to the fans about the situation. He did not want to give specifics about the meetings, but said steps were being taken so the chaos of last Saturday would not happen again.

Cohen and his staff were made aware of the problem with concessions during the course of the game and he jumped into action to address it along with others.

“People in our administration threw our coats off and ties and started serving people,” Cohen said. “It’s something we need to get fixed.”

The main issue more than anything appeared to be that people had to stand in long lines for food and beverages on a day where temperatures exceeded 90 degrees.

There were four different water stations and several water fountains all throughout the stadium.

When asked if there was still some things that need to be addressed, Cohen said “no question.”

For more on Cohen's talk at Rotary on Monday, read Tuesday's Starkville Daily News.

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