Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks
With so many people now choosing vegetarian food to improve their health and prevent cruelty to animals, Major League Baseball (MLB) teams are stepping up to the plate in a major way by offering delicious meat-free choices. In addition to classic standbys like peanuts, French fries, popcorn, pretzels, and Cracker Jacks, baseball fans (vegetarian or not) are enjoying mouthwatering options like fresh-grilled, protein-packed veggie dogs and veggie burgers, hearty burritos, vegetable wraps, and tasty regional foods. Not only are these choices full of flavor, they're also 100 percent cruelty- and cholesterol-free—talk about a triple play!
Every season, the selection of vegetarian ballpark food increases. Our survey found that more than two-thirds of MLB stadiums now offer at least a veggie dog or burger. The competition was fierce, but here are the stadiums that came out on top in our survey:
1. Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)
For the first time ever, the Phillies have captured the coveted title of Most Vegetarian-Friendly Ballpark in Major League Baseball. Animal-friendly baseball fans can eat themselves silly in the City of Brotherly Love, enjoying the league's best selection of mock meats. A vegan hot dog and flame-grilled Gardenburger were added in past seasons, and now Citizens Bank Park is offering a genuine Philly mock-steak sandwich that's getting rave reviews for its great taste—and it has none of the cholesterol of "the original" to boot! Order it without the cheese, and ask for extra grilled onions, mushrooms, and peppers and hot sauce. Phillies fans can also enjoy a hot veggie sub, a vegetarian wrap, or a gourmet tomato pizza (also available sans cheese). Kids can choose from a fruit cup, salads, and PB&J.
2. AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants)
While Barry would love some help with the Giants' offense, the team's lineup of vegetarian items is seriously stacked. Options include a veggie dog, a Gardenburger, portobello mushroom sandwiches, veggie sushi, grilled vegetable sandwiches, and nachos with beans and marinated vegetables (hold the cheese) along with a slew of side dishes, including edamame, grilled veggie kebabs, vegetarian pot stickers, fruit salad, grilled corn on the cob, Greek salad, soups, and vegetable fried rice.
3. Safeco Field (Seattle Mariners)
With superstar Ichiro Suzuki and lights-out closer J.J. Putz locked into long-term contracts, the future is looking bright for the Mariners. The future also looks bright for Mariners fans: With all the healthy vegetarian options at Safeco—combined with the fact that vegetarians are less likely to suffer from heart disease, cancer, or obesity than meat-eaters are—Mariners fans will be around to root for the home team for a long time to come. Here's the lineup: Gardenburgers, veggie dogs, veggie burritos, veggie sushi, edamame, pasta, baked potatoes, PB&J, mixed salad, and fried mushrooms.
4. PETCO Park (San Diego Padres)
San Diego's real all-time saves leader isn't Trevor Hoffman—it's the legions of animal-friendly Padres fans who save chickens, pigs, and cows every time they choose one of the many delicious vegetarian meals served at the park. The Padres faithful can choose from veggie dogs, veggie burgers, vegetarian burritos, veggie sushi, PB&J, edamame, fresh fruit salad, various gourmet salads, and roasted corn.
5. Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals)
While animal-friendly manager Tony La Russa may have come up a bit short in PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest, the Cardinals are consistently one of the best when it comes to providing great food for their vegetarian fans. At Busch Stadium, fans can order a veggie burger, a fire-roasted veggie burrito with rice and beans, a vegetable stir-fry, tasty selections from the Mediterranean tapas bar (such as tomato-basil bruschetta, olive tapenade, and hummus), a Thai veggie wrap, whole roasted corn, fresh fruit, gourmet salads, or a fresh vegetable plate.
6. Coors Field (Colorado Rockies)
Rockies manager Clint Hurdle's hair might keep getting grayer if his team's wild ups and downs continue, but he can rest assured of the loyalty of Colorado's vegetarian fans, who keep coming back to enjoy the delicious options at Coors. Rockies fans can feast on Boca burgers, vegetarian burritos, a veggie wrap, veggie paninis, fruit kebabs, a baked potato, various salads, and a fire-roasted vegetable soup.
7. Rogers Centre (Toronto Blue Jays)
There's no doubt who rules the AL East in the minds of vegetarian fans; with the exception of the Devil Rays, none of the Jays' divisional rivals come close. Ontario's growing vegetarian population heads to the Rogers Centre for all the traditional ballpark cuisine, minus the cruelty. The lineup includes veggie dogs, vegetarian burritos, vegetarian subs, hot veggie paninis, Chinese noodle vegetable stir-fry, fruit trays, and salads.
8. Dolphin Stadium (Florida Marlins)
Where the Marlins will call home in the future is being debated, but that hasn't stopped the good folks at Dolphin Stadium from making sure that it's one of the best places for a vegetarian fan to catch a game and enjoy delicious food this summer. During rain delays, Marlins fans can dash to the concession stands for a veggie burger, a veggie dog, black beans and rice, fruit salad, a veggie platter, spicy peanut noodles, mushroom fried rice, or hand-tossed salads.
9. McAfee Coliseum (Oakland Athletics)
Little has gone according to plan for the A's this season, with a ridiculous rash of injuries plaguing the team. Luckily, the A's don't have to worry about keeping their fans healthy: McAfee Coliseum's concession stands offer a hearty selection of high-protein, cholesterol-free options, including veggie dogs, veggie burgers, and vegetarian chili. For sides, A's fans can munch on a baked potato, salads, and a fruit cup.
10. (tie) Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros)
With the exception of Craig Biggio's 3,000th hit, there haven't been too many highlights on the diamond in Houston this season. But luckily for Astros fans, there's always that favorite of American distractions: good food. And Minute Maid Park has plenty of it, serving up a veggie dog, vegetarian burritos, a veggie wrap, a baked potato, and a garden salad.
Chase Field (Arizona Diamondbacks)
The NL West is undoubtedly the best division for vegetarian fans, and the Diamondbacks are no slouch: In Phoenix, fans can choose from a Gardenburger, a vegetarian burrito, a veggie sub, fruit and veggie platters, and salads. Between the great meat-free options at Chase Field and the recent strong finish of Suns guard Raja Bell in PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest, Phoenix's animal-friendly sports fans have plenty of reason for some local pride.
Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers): Veggie sushi, pasta, fruit cup, veggie tray, meatless taco salad, salad.
Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers): Veggie dog, veggie platter, salad.
Jacobs Field (Cleveland Indians): Veggie burger, veggie burrito.
Metrodome (Minnesota Twins): Veggie burger, Blimpie vegetarian subs, fruit bowl, Blimpie salads.
Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers): Veggie dog, focaccia veggie club sandwich, pasta and stir-fry "action stations," veggie wrap, salad, fresh fruit.
Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles): Gardenburger, fruit cup, veggie cup, garden salad.
RFK Stadium (Washington Nationals): Veggie dog, salads, vegetarian wraps, fruit cup, pasta salad, vegetable spring rolls.
Tropicana Field (Tampa Bay Devil Rays): Veggie burger, eggplant panini, grilled vegetable platter and vegetable plate, bowtie and penne pasta, PB&J wrap, fruit salad, salads.
Turner Field (Atlanta Braves): Veggie burritos, veggie pasta, veggie wraps, fruit cups, salads.
U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox): Veggie burger, veggie dog, PB&J.
Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs): Veggie black-bean burgers, salads.
Too bad Cincinnati isn't in there... :(
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