It used to be that a day spent watching the great American
pastime could do some serious damage to our great American waistlines. Not so much
now, with hungry fans making the healthy vegetarian and vegan options that
stadiums are offering disappear like a Ryan Braun homer. Here are our 2012 picks for major league stadiums that knock it out of the park
when it comes to delicious veggie fare:
Ballpark: ©iStockphoto.com/AdamKazmierski • Pig: ©iStockphoto.com/Anatolii Tsekhmister
- Philadelphia Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park: PETA pal Chase Utley has returned from the disabled list, and Citizens Bank Park has returned to the
top of our list, thanks to its array of meatless options, which include a vegan
chicken-steak sandwich, veggie “pit beef” smothered in barbecue sauce,
an Italian vegetable grinder, and ever-popular veggie dogs and black-bean
- Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Field: Ichiro
is a legend in Seattle, in Japan, and around the world—and many of Safeco Field’s
vegetarian offerings, including the IchiBan veggie dog, the Seattle chili
veggie dog, and the Bombay veggie dog, have international appeal as well. With
so many great new vegetarian options, it’s no wonder that Safeco Park has moved
up in our standings.
- Detroit Tigers’ Comerica Park: There’s
a trio worth cheering for at Comerica Park—and we’re not talking about Justin
Verlander, Prince Fielder, and Miguel Cabrera. We mean the stadium’s vegetarian Italian sausages, veggie riblets,
and vegan hot dogs. With these and other great-tasting vegetarian choices available,
Tigers fans can show that they care about cows, pigs, and chickens, too.
- Oakland Athletics’ O.co Coliseum: O.co
Coliseum is pitcher-friendly and vegetarian-friendly.
The veggie dogs, veggie burgers, bean burritos, ancho chili and mushroom
fajitas, and other vegetarian items are as welcome to compassionate fans as Josh
Reddick’s great season has been.
- Los Angeles Dodgers’ Dodger Stadium: With
new ownership and delicious meat-free creations, such as the vegan sloppy Joe, veggie sushi, and edamame, things are looking up for true-blue Dodger fans!
- New York Mets’ Citi Field: Johan
Santana, David Wright, and R. A. Dickey aren’t the only big draws at Citi
Field. Mets’ faithful are also flocking to the stadium for the veggie patty
sandwich, veggie dogs, veggie burgers, grilled vegetable heroes, and other
- Los Angeles Angels’ Angel Stadium of
Anaheim: The Halos’ roster is loaded with stars—from Pujols to Trout to
Trumbo—and the concession stands at Angel Stadium of Anaheim are loaded with
winning vegetarian eats, including veggie dogs, black-bean burgers, bean
burritos, veggie wraps, and California cucumber rolls.
- Washington Nationals’ Nationals Park: Bryce
Harper, Stephen Strasburg, and Gio Gonzalez have helped make the Nats a winning
ballclub, and the vegetarian selections at Nationals Park—including chili made with
mock meat, veggie burgers, tofu sandwiches with Vegenaise, and falafel—have won
the stadium a spot in PETA’s standings. Maybe someday Teddy will even win the Presidents
- Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park: The
Pirates are moving up in the standings in more ways than one—this season, PNC
Park scored a spot on PETA’s top 10 list of vegetarian-friendly stadiums after
earning an honorable mention three years in a row. With veggie burgers, pasta primavera,
vegetarian lo mein, salad with fried green tomatoes, and other vegetarian fare,
the choices for compassionate fans are even stronger than the Bucs’ bullpen and
more satisfying than a game-saving grab by Andrew McCutchen.
- Minnesota Twins’ Target Field: Baseball is as American as Target Field’s “accidentally vegan” apple pie. The stadium’s other vegetarian picks, which include a veggie “walk-a-taco,” veggie dogs, vegan mousse martinis, and vegetarian stir-fry, and a big hit with Twins’ fans, too-no matter where the team is in the standings.
Congrats to the Chicago White Sox’s U.S. Cellular Field, the
Boston Red Sox’s Fenway Park, the Colorado Rockies’ Coors Field, the Atlanta
Braves’ Turner Field, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Chase Field, and the San
Francisco Giants’ ATT Park for earning honorable mentions. Many thanks to
the sporty folks at Veggie
Happy for helping to get more vegetarian and vegan options on stadium menus
Article source: PETA Files