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Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Major League Ballparks

Written by Michelle Kretzer | July 9, 2012

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:


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  1. 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 burgers.
  2. 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 Field has moved up in our standings.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!
  6. 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 meatless meals.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 Race.
  9. 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.
  10. 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’ AT&T 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 nationwide.

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    • t says:

      FANTASTIC, YUM!!! Bring those items to Miami!

    • Sarah says:

      These ballparks should move with the times!

    • chander kumar soni says:

      nice article.

    • Julie Jensen says:

      Sign me up!

    • lieca says:

      Wow, yay for Detroit actually making a good list this time!

    • Allen L. says:

      Im a long time Yankee fan, found VERY little Vegaterian/Vegan food at Yankee Stadium when I visit. But living in Virginia, I do go see the Washington Nationals play at Nationals Park. THANK YOU WASHINGTON NATIONALS!!! because I have found many Vegaterian/Vegan meals there. I have had the “Sloppy Jane”(Vegaterian sloppy joe) salads,Vegaterian wraps even vegaterian chilli and vegaterian notchos.Many Vegaterian meals can be found at the Washington Nationals Park. GO NATS!!! and maybe the Yankee fans can email Yankee stadium and ask for more Vegaterian/Vegan choices. I Know Ill be Emailing them for better choices.

    • Nathalie says:

      Bravo à tous ceux qui ont compris aux USA, l’importance d’être végan. En France pas un seul sportif n’a osé ou a désiré être au moins végétarien et surtout de “l’avouer” en public !

    • Paula Santos says:

      Animals have feelings and rights too! Please help!

    • Grady says:

      Vegcon pronounced veegcon and vegconism is the “Conscious Choice” vegconites are total vegetarians because their “conscience” says murdering animals for food, etc. is murder.

    • Yankee Fan says:

      I love my NY Yankess but am sadened to see that Yankee Stadium isn’t on the list. I hope they decise to add vegetarian, and vegan for that matter, options to their menu. GO VEGETARIANS and VEGANS !!!!!!!!!

    • Grady says:

      VEGCON pronounced veegcon means VEGetarian CONscious. VEGCONISM is the “Conscious Choice” this is dictated by ones own “conscience” vegcon is the substituted word for complete vegetarian.

    • Trish says:

      I’m very happy to see PNC Park in Pittsburgh make the list! I lived in “the Burgh” for six wonderful years and it is a beautiful city. It has some great vegetarian restaurants too.

    • PETA says:

      Thanks for your comment, Carrie. San Francisco’s AT&T park does indeed have veggie hot dogs. I’ve recently had one there and it was delicious! -Becky

    • Carrie says:

      I, too, was wondering about AT&T Park. The last few times I’ve been there, tho, the vegetarian friendly options serm to be, at least in the area I was in, limited to pizza, french fries/garlic fries, nachos, & a small fruit cup. What I wouldn’t give for a nice big veggie hotdog at AT&T Park!

    • adrienne ehrler says:

      love this..finally

    • MK says:

      Wish Minute Maid Park was listed there!!!!

    • sassee says:

      Thanx GT for ur info and now I know about Yankee as well:)

    • RW says:

      Sadly, my ballpark, the Reds Great American Ballpark, didn’t even get an honorable mention. They need to get on the ball. Every ballpark should be fighting to make this list!

    • Dorothy says:

      Congratulations and thanks to these ball parks. Unfortunately, “my” ballpark, The Texas Rangers in Arlington, is not among them. Come on Rangers, get on the ball!!!

    • GT says:

      I have to disagree that Nationals Park is veg friendly. They cook their veggie burgers on the same grill with 2 inches of beef grease, their mushroom burger at Shake Shack is minute, microwaved and filled to the brim with greasy cheese. They do have veggie soft tacos but they were very overpriced for the two small ones you got. I have no clue where you even get the other options listed. I’ve been in every part of that park and never saw a tofu sandwich or falafel. I am surprised Yankee stadium is not on here- you can get a great tofu veggie noodle stir fry and veggie sushi! They need to do better research next time.

    • Sharon at BigCityVegan says:

      Great news and info for vegan sports fans. So much compassion in baseball these days with Tim Byrdak of The Mets saving the chicken Little Jerry Seinfeld. He’s now alive and well at Farm Sanctuary. This post got me singing that song, “take me out to the ballpark…”. Awesome post! :)

    • NS says:

      Did SF Giants AT&T Park stop selling their veggie-friendly options? They were #1 last year but don’t even make this year’s top 10 list. http://www.peta.org/b/thepetafiles/archive/2011/05/18/top-10-vegetarian-friendly-major-league-ballparks.aspx