Air Canada Centre Takes Third Place on List of Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly NBA Arenas

John Salley Announces PETA's Ranking as Animal-Friendly Fare Rises in Popularity

For Immediate Release:
March 4, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Toronto – With the NBA playoffs only a few short weeks away, fans have a new reason to celebrate: PETA’s ranking of the Top Five Vegetarian-Friendly NBA Arenas. And as NBA legend John Salley announces in a new video posted this week on PETA’s website, Air Canada Centre, home of the Toronto Raptors, snagged third-place honours this year for a palate-pleasing spread that includes veggie dogs, black-bean burritos, taco salads, and vegetable sushi. The Hot Stove Club offers still more options, including tempura vegetables and cauliflower steak, and the suites serve up chilled Vietnamese summer rolls, falafel, and vegetarian fajitas.

“Raptors fans never have to go far on game day for a scrumptious, animal-friendly meal,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “As more NBA stadiums than ever get on the ball with delicious vegan snacks, PETA is calling on others to join the cruelty-free charge.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—awarded the top spot to American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks and a summer vegetable and tofu flatbread. Second place went to Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the vegetarian portobello mushroom burger. The Portland Trail Blazers’ Moda Center took fourth place for its to-die-for vegan farro kale pesto salads. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Quicken Loans Arena earned the fifth spot with its Thai tofu stir-fry and vegan hot dogs.

Each winner will receive a framed certificate.

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