Wrigley Field Among PETA’s Top 10 Most Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks

Cubs’ Mock-Meat Meals Are Big Crowd-Pleasers—Sox Grab Honorable Mention

For Immediate Release:
June 18, 2013

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Kaitlynn Kelly 202-483-7382

Chicago – Chicago baseball fans have two teams to choose from, and according to PETA’s 2013 ranking of theTop 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Major League Ballparks, either one is a sure bet. That’s because Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, has grabbed 10th place, and the Chicago White Sox’s U.S. Cellular Field has garnered an honorable mention.

“Wrigley Field has a strong core of vegetarian options to complement the Cubs’ strong core of young players—including Starlin Castro, Anthony Rizzo, and Jeff Samardzija,” says PETA Senior Vice President Lisa Lange. “Ballparks in Chicago and across the country are showing their fans respect by offering healthy and humane food that will help keep them around to cheer on the home team for many years to come.”

The Cubs’ lineup of healthful and animal-friendly food starts out with the “meaty” veggie burger, the newly added veggie dog, and the Sloppy Jane—a hearty vegan version of the Sloppy Joe. The vegan protein bars, veggie wraps, and hummus-and-vegetable cups are also sure to please. White Sox fans can feast on delicious veggie burgers; Tex-Mex burritos with black beans, guacamole, and salsa; and good old corn on the cob.

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)Nationals Park (Washington Nationals)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 Cubs and White Sox will each 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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