02 June 2010

Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park named number one vegetarian friendly major league venue

Take me out to the ballgame, take me out with the crowd, buy me some mock crab cakes and hummus and pita chips? Well if you are a Philadelphia Phillies fan those food options are a reality.

Citizens Bank Park took top honors in PETA’s Top Ten Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks ranking for the fourth straight year thanks partially to the addition of a new vegan breaded chicken sandwich to the ballpark’s already robust vegetarian lineup.

"It's hard to say if the Phillies' biggest offseason acquisition was ace Roy Halladay or the new faux chicken sandwich and vegan Rice Crispie treat offered at concession stands," says PETA Director Dan Shannon. "Add in Citizens Bank Park's other meat-free fare, and this ballpark has quickly become the first undisputed dynasty in the history of PETA's prestigious rankings."

"Being named the most vegetarian-friendly ballpark for the fourth straight year is quite an honor," said Chrissy Flanigan, general manager at Citizens Bank Park for food and beverage provider ARAMARK. "We're continually working with the Phillies and the fans to diversify our menus, and it's clear Citizens Bank Park's vegetarian options continue to be a grand slam."

The home of the San Francisco Giants, AT&T Park, slid into the second spot with meat-free offerings ranging from a new mixed vegetable sandwich to a broccoli tofu platter. Selections that include a mouthwatering quinoa tabblouleh and an Italian cuisine inspired sun-dried tomato rigatoni helped Houston’s Minute Maid Park take third in this year’s rankings.

The rest of the top ten in order included Comerica Park in Detroit, Coors Field in Denver, Turner Field in Atlanta, PETCO Park in San Diego, Angel Stadium in Los Angeles, Miller Park in Milwaukee and tied for tenth was Target Field in Minneapolis with the aptly named Progressive Field in Cleveland.

"The days when a meatless meal at the ballpark meant peanuts or popcorn are gone," said Shannon. "With so many delicious animal- and Earth-friendly vegetarian options available, every team in the league--and every fan--can be a winner."

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