PNC Park Ranks Third on PETA’s List of the Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks

Fans Can Enjoy Delicious Meat-Free Food While Cheering on the Pirates

For Immediate Release:
July 15, 2014

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Shakira Croce 202-483-7382

Pittsburgh – Baseball season is in full swing, and that means it’s time for PETA’s  rankings of the Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Major League Ballparks, and there’s good news for Pirates fans: PNC Park has grabbed the number three spot in the nation.

“The Pirates are a young team on the rise, but PNC Park has cemented its place as one of the top vegetarian-friendly stadiums of 2014. Vegetarian baseball lovers can enjoy veggie burgers anywhere in the ballpark and delicious Sloppy Janes in the suites,” says PETA Associate Director Ryan Huling. “Every year, we see more and more vegan options offered at stadiums across the country, which proves that baseball fans are, indeed, on the ball.”

The Pirates’ faithful have a powerful lineup of meat-free options to choose from, including the vegetable roll (sushi); the seaweed salad; the BRGR veggie burger; hummus and chips; the veggie-stuffed pita; the Grilled Veggie Toaster (grilled portobello mushrooms, Roma tomatoes, green and yellow squash, red onions, and roasted peppers baked on whole-wheat ciabatta bread); grilled flatbread with basil, marinara, and veggies; and the Sloppy Jane (suites only), which consists of tempeh, peppers, and onions topped with a tangy brown-sugar barbecue sauce.

The San Francisco Giants’ AT&T Park took top honors, thanks in part to its Field Roast frankfurter and its portobello mushroom sandwich. Rounding out the top five are Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies), Citi Field (New York Mets), and Nationals Park (Washington Nationals).

PETA also ranked AAA minor league teams. Leading the pack is the Omaha Storm Chasers’ Werner Park, where fans can chow down on black-bean burgers (which can be made vegan by holding the cheese), a hearty tofu hot dog, and the Philly Cheese Phake, which consists of Gardein’s beef-free and chicken-free strips and can be made vegan by omitting the cheese.

The Pirates 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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