American Airlines Center Takes Top Spot 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 3, 2015

Alexis Sadoti 202-483-7382

Dallas – 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 today on PETA’s website, American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks, snagged top honors this year for a scrumptious spread of options sure to please everyone’s taste buds, including a vegan game-day sampler available in the arena’s suites that comes with a fried green tomato salad, a Sloppy Jane, and summer vegetable and tofu flatbread. General concessions are dishing up made-to-order vegan burritos, taco salads, and pasta as well as a veggie burger, hummus, and fruit cups with chili lime spice.

“American Airlines Center’s delectable plant-based offerings—including vegan Texas caviar and sweet and sour slaw—are a must-have for animal-friendly Mavericks fans,” 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 second spot in its top five to Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the vegetarian portobello mushroom veggie burger. The Toronto Raptors’ Air Canada Centre nabbed third place, boasting loaded vegetable subs and vegan sushi, while the Portland Trail Blazers’ Moda Center took home fourth 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.

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