When you think of the BaseBall Park, what comes to mind? You might first picture the grand stands overlooking the infield; the fresh cut grass, the finely raked dirt outlining the diamond and the fresh chalk making up the batter’s box. You can hear the cheers from the crowd, the crack of the baseball bat and the announcer barking each new batters name. You smell the beer, the cracker jacks and of course those world class hot dogs which the ball park is known for. But things are changing at the Ball Park, especially where food is considered.
Hot dog is hardly just a hot dog anymore
A hot dog, an ice cold beer and perhaps some peanuts are the traditional order of the old ball park attendee. Today however, it’s completely changed. Even the hot dog is hardly just a hot dog anymore, offering options of foot long dogs, chili dogs, cheese dogs and of course the super duper two foot long dog the options even for just a hot dog seem endless. But it doesn’t end there, today baseball parks can often be a symbol for a cities food and beverage options, featuring craft beer selections and the local fair. In Seattle at Safeco Field you can enjoy the cold draft beer of Pyramid Brewery which is brewed just across from the Stadium. Want something to eat? Try some Pacific seafood options which are always fresh and delicious.
Toronto burger craze
Enjoying an afternoon ballgame at the Rogers Centre in Toronto? Get yourself a Canadian classic with a poutine and wash it all down with a Steam Whistle ale. Or if fries, gravy and cheese isn’t your thing, get into the Toronto burger craze and get yourself the biggest juiciest burger in town.
Found yourself in Philadelphia?
Found yourself in Philadelphia? You can’t go to a Phillies game without have a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. The point is, going to the ballpark nowadays isn’t just about watching America’s favorite past time. Today it’s about enjoying the local cuisine while being packed into a busy stadium with 50,000 other hungry people and most ballparks don’t disappoint. Ball parks carrying local food, provide a huge economic boost for the food and beverage industry in those particular cities. Not to mention, the food is way tastier then the alternatives. There are some stadiums which are still in the stone age as far as offering local products and food types. And as a fan, it’s a huge disappointment when you are in a new city, watching a game and only having the option to eat and drink Budweiser and a tub of popcorn. But for the most part, the food revolution transforming baseball concession stands is a good thing for both the local businesses and the fan.