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San Diego's PETCO Park, Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field and St. Louis' Busch Stadium noted
BUFFALO, N.Y. (August 8, 2008) - Ballparks at which Delaware North Companies Sportservice provides food and beverage concessions have taken three of the top six spots in a 2008 ranking of the top vegetarian-friendly Major League ballparks.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) recently released its annual ranking after surveying the menus of all 30 Major League ballparks earlier this season.
Among Sportservice venues, the San Diego Padres' PETCO Park ranked fourth, the Chicago White Sox' U.S. Cellular Field was fifth and the St. Louis Cardinals' Busch Stadium was sixth. Two other ballparks at which Sportservice operates ? Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers ? received honorable mentions.
"Today's baseball fans want choices, including traditional ballpark favorites and vegetarian dishes from salads to stir fry," said Sportservice President Rick Abramson. "We're excited about providing quality vegetarian offerings for all of our fans."
Earlier this season Sportservice expanded its veggie-friendly menu at PETCO Park in partnering with the Padres to launch FriarFit, an initiative targeting young Padres fans to participate in a fitness program and eat healthy at the ballpark.
This is the second time this season Sportservice has achieved recognition for its ballpark menus. In June, Sportservice garnered the top two rankings in a poll of fans about the food served at Major League ballparks conducted by Sports Illustrated magazine. Miller Park captured the top spot, and U.S. Cellular Field placed second. All eight of Sportservice's Major League ballpark food service operations ranked in the top 20.
This season Sportservice also introduced its own cookbook, Home Plate: From Hot Dog to Haute Cuisine, featuring recipes from many of the ballparks, stadiums and arenas at which it operates.
Sportservice is part of Delaware North Companies, a global leader in hospitality and food service that operates at dozens of sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, resort hotels and airports.
Among the vegetarian options offered by Sportservice at Major League parks:
PETCO Park (San Diego Padres) -- Vegetarian sushi rolls, veggie dogs and burgers, vegetarian taco salad, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit salad, roasted tomato hummus with pita chips, roasted corn, salads and fruit smoothies.
U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago White Sox) -- Veggie dogs, garden burger, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, vegetarian taco salad, veggie tacos, nachos with salsa, fresh fruit cups, or corn on the cob, frozen bananas.
Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals) -- Veggie burgers, fire-roasted veggie burrito with rice and beans, garden fresh salads and wraps, fried artichokes stuffed with cheese, pizza with artichokes and spinach, Asian vegetable stir fry, Thai veggie wrap, whole roasted corn, fresh fruit, gourmet salads, and fresh vegetable plate.
Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers) -- Veggie dog, foccacia veggie club sandwich, portobello mushroom foccacia sandwich, veggie wrap, fresh tossed salad, fresh fruit, baked potato cart with steamed broccoli, cheddar cheese, and sour cream toppings, made-to-order pasta, veggie stir fry, Kettle Brau cheese curds battered in Leinenkugle beer, cheese pizza.
Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (Texas Rangers) -- Veggie burritos, veggie wraps, tomato bruschetta, onion rings, macaroni and cheese, fresh fruit cups, garden fresh salads, corn on the cob, cheese pizza, nachos.
Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians) --Garden burger, cheese pizza, vegetarian sushi, bean burrito, knish (potato spiced with paper and wrapped in dough), veggie wraps, salads, fruit cups, pirogues, corn on the cob, homemade potato salad, pretzels, peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers) -- Veggie sushi, vegetable stir-fry, vegetable egg roll, fresh baked pretzel, meatless taco salads, roasted Roma quesadillas, butter lettuce salad, Mandarin salad, veggie wrap, fruit cup, veggie tray, garden salads, cole slaw, veggie burgers, cheese pizza, nachos with fresh salsa.
Great American Ball Park (Cincinnati Reds) -- Veggie dogs, veggie dogs, vegetarian burritos, vegetarian sushi rolls, edamame, fresh fruit salad, gourmet vegetable salads, peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
About Delaware North Companies Sportservice
Delaware North Companies Sportservice is one of the nation's leading food, beverage and retail management companies, providing concessions, gourmet catering and fine dining operations at more than 50 professional sporting venues, entertainment complexes and convention centers across the United States and Canada. Sportservice is the provider of choice for an impressive client roster including the World Series, the National Hockey League and Major League Baseball's All-Star games, Stanley Cup Championships and the Olympic Games.
Throughout its 90-year history, Sportservice has demonstrated that it knows what it takes to effectively develop, operate and manage multi-faceted kitchens, restaurants, suites, fine dining and retail facilities in order to meet the changing demands of today's fans. From introducing healthier food selections and creative cuisine to twists on traditional fare and new organic options, Sportservice continues to innovate and enhance the fan experience.
About Delaware North Companies
Delaware North Companies is one of the world's leading hospitality and food service providers. Its family of companies includes Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, Delaware North Companies Travel Hospitality Services, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Delaware North Companies International and Delaware North Companies Boston, owner of TD Banknorth Garden. Delaware North Companies is one of the largest privately held companies in the United States with revenues exceeding $2 billion annually and 40,000 associates serving half a billion customers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit www.DelawareNorth.com.