Nationals Park Among PETA’s Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks

Nat’s Mock-Meat Meals Are Big Crowd-Pleasers

For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2013

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Washington — 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 Vegetarian-Friendly Major League Ballparks, and Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals, has grabbed third place.

“We’re not sure what Jordan Zimmermann’s secret is for keeping his ERA so low, but it’s no secret that you can keep your weight and cholesterol level low by going vegetarian and enjoying tasty meat-free meals, including Nationals Park’s mock-meat Sloppy Jane, veggie chili with faux ground beef, and falafel,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “The ballpark earns its highest ranking ever on our list—much like Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg, and the Nats’ other young stars, its potential is limitless.”

The Nat’s lineup of healthy and animal-friendly food starts with the faux-beef vegetarian chili, falafel, cauliflower wrap, and Sloppy Jane—a hearty vegan version of a Sloppy Joe. The veggie burger and dog, fresh-fruit cup, grilled veggie sandwich, and tangy hummus are also sure to please.

For the sixth time in the past seven years, top honors go to Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies. Menu standouts include the faux-chicken patty, the mock beefsteak, and the vegetarian “pit beef” smothered in barbecue sauce. Rounding out the top five are Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers), AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants), and Angel Stadium (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). In the minor leagues, the portobello mushroom burger, tofu-noodle entrée, and homemade veggie burger on a pretzel bun made the Tulsa Drillers’ ONEOK Field a big winner.

The Nationals will receive a framed certificate from PETA. To see the complete rankings, please visit PETA’s major league and minor league blog posts.

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