Home of the Emeralds Makes PETA’s List of Vegetarian-Friendly Minor League Parks

Veggie Dogs, Meat-Free Burritos Team Up to Put PK Park Among the Elite

For Immediate Release:
June 26, 2013

David Perle 202-483-7382

Eugene, Ore. — Baseball might be the national pastime, but vegetarian dishes could soon be the national food if the offerings at baseball games are any indication. That’s why PETA has ranked the Top 10 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Minor League Ballparks, and the Eugene EmeraldsPK Park has grabbed the number eight spot.

“The more fans learn about the health benefits of eating vegan foods, the more they ask for delicious meat-free options,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “Going vegetarian is like pulling off a triple play: You protect your health, help keep the environment clean, and save animals’ lives.”

Emeralds fans have plenty of meat-free options to choose from, including a satisfying burrito, a hearty veggie burger, protein-packed beans and rice, and delicious grilled corn on the cob. Fans looking for lighter fare can’t miss with the fresh apples, watermelon, or fruit salad.

Taking top honors this year was the Tulsa DrillersONEOK Park, thanks to selections such as a veggie burger on a pretzel bun, a tofu-noodle entrée, a bean burrito, and a tofu burrito. Rounding out the lineup of top 10 finishers are Durham Bulls Athletic Park (Durham Bulls), Arm & Hammer Park (Trenton Thunder), Parkview Field (Fort Wayne TinCaps), FirstEnergy Park (Lakeview BlueClaws), Isotopes Park (Albuquerque Isotopes), Fifth Third Field (Dayton Dragons), Raley Field (Sacramento River Cats), and AutoZone Park (Memphis Redbirds).

Grabbing top honors in the majors for the sixth time in the last seven years is Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Each minor and major league team to make the list will receive a framed certificate from PETA. For more information and to see the complete rankings, please visit PETA’s minor league and major league blog posts.

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