The Moda Center Slam-Dunks Into Fourth 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 5, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Portland, Ore. – 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, the Moda Center, home of the Trail Blazers, snagged fourth place this year with a to-die-for farro kale pesto salad, grilled vegetable pasta, and a delectable vegan pakora wrap. At Dr. Jack’s restaurant, the curry hummus and bruschetta combo is a must-have.

“The many delicious animal-friendly options at the Moda Center are raising the bar for plant-based eating,” 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. The second spot in its top five went to Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the vegetarian portobello mushroom burger. The Toronto Raptors Air Canada Centre nabbed third place, boasting loaded vegetable subs and vegan sushi. 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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