View this slideshow to find out which stadiums have the most outrageous cuisine!
15) Fenway Park, Boston
In addition to the fabled Fenway Frank — which The New York Times noted was still the top-selling product at the ballpark as of 2010 — you can find local favorites like lobster rolls (left) and New England clam chowder during Red Sox games.
14) CenturyLink Field, Seattle
The home of the Seattle Seahawks features an array of local favorites, including the salmon BLT from Catch! outside section 230 and garlic fries from Grounders outside section 118. Before this season, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer attended a preview event in which executive chef Jon Severson demonstrated his latest creation, the "Pike Place Market Dog," a Vienna beef hot dog covered with Beecher’s Mac and Cheese and barbecue Kettle Chips." At left is their salmon BLT.
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13) Lambeau Field, Green Bay
In addition to normal items like hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza, the legendary home of the Packers sells Wisconsin delicacies like cheese curds (left) and Cheddar bratwursts. Curly’s Pub, a restaurant in Lambeau’s atrium, is open all year for tourists visiting the Packers Hall of Fame. If you make the pilgrimage, do not leave without getting super pretzels and beer cheese dip.
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12) Air Canada Centre, Toronto
The home to the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and NHL’s Maple Leafs, this arena boasts an impressive food selection. The most interesting dining spot in the arena might be Burkie’s Dog House, whose menu includes the following:
• Poutine Dog: layered with matchstick french fries, gravy, and cheese curds
• Southern BBQ Dog: smoky BBQ pulled pork and creamy coleslaw
• Kobe Dog: wasabi mayonnaise and pickled ginger
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11) Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati
If you find yourself passing through Cincinnati in the summer and the Reds are home, you have to try the deep-fried Kool-Aid. It’s important. Other menu items at the ballpark include Sno-Cones, smoked chicken wings, and the fabled Skyline Chili. In previewing the fare before this past season, WCPO discovered the Food Network Cincinnati Dog, a jumbo dog topped with pork rinds and BBQ sauce that is served on a potato roll.
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10) Bridgestone Arena, Nashville
Luckily, the NHL lockout is finally over, so die-hard fans can sample cuisine from the arena that Food Republic said was the best in the league last season. Fans who are feeling particularly ambitious can purchase tickets to the DEX all-inclusive fan zone, which provide unlimited beer, wine, and soda to go along with a catered buffet complete with a carving station, nacho bar, and desserts.
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9) Staples Center, Los Angeles
The home of the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings features traditional standards like McDonald’s and California Pizza Kitchen. Looking to eat outside the box? Try the sinful cinnamon and sugar pretzel at Wetzel’s Pretzels, the dragon roll special sushi roll at Outtakes, or the chicken and waffles at Chef J’s.
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8) Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City
Home to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, this arena has some pretty solid food options. Enjoy catfish po’boys and shrimp tacos at Blue Harbor and handmade gourmet pretzels for dessert at Angie’s Bakery. If you’re at the arena to celebrate a special occasion, head to the Old #7 Bar and order a round of Jack on the Rocks. By that, we don’t mean the drink, but the Belgian chocolate cupcakes adorned with Jack Daniel’s frosting, sugar cubes, and a chocolate straw.
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7) AT&T Park, San Francisco
The San Francisco Giants play in a venue with food options as eclectic as those in the city in which they play. Among the many choices, Farmer’s Market offers a s'mores sandwich and caramel apple fries, Stormin’ Norman’s serves lava cake and frybread, California Cookout cooks up Sheboygan brats and portobello mushroom sandwiches, and Gilroy Garlic Fries makes their renowned garlicky fries (left). If you’re thirsty, head to the Anchor Taproom in centerfield or Widmer Brew Haus outside section 232 for some draft beer.
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6) PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Before this past season, Eater previewed the dining options at the Pirates’ ballpark. Selections include famous crab fries from Chickie’s and Pete's, "monstrous" sandwiches from Primanti Brothers (left), and $38 "all-you-can-eat" seats.
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5) Rose Garden, Portland
In addition to featuring more than 70 concession stands inside the arena, the home of the Portland Trail Blazers is also home to the Pyramid Taproom, which serves sockeye salmon fish tacos, three-bean chicken chili, and halibut fish and chips. Thirsty? The Taproom also features an extensive array of the brewery’s unfiltered wheat beers and MacTarnahan's fine ales, which have won 34 medals at the Great American Beer Festival.
4) Madison Square Garden, New York
The world’s most famous arena — and home to the New York Knicks and Rangers — recently underwent a $980 million renovation. As the New York Post details, the food improved drastically along with the building. The most popular new cuisine may be cheeseburger at Daily Burger. Concocted by restaurateur Drew Nieporent, this is not your typical arena cheeseburger: Topped with cheese sauce, the burger meat is a combination of brisket, short rib, and ground chuck sandwiched between a resilient Portuguese roll. Even more exotic options at the new MSG include Senzai Sushi’s Ninja Platter and Aquagrill’s lobster shrimp roll.
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3) Cowboys Stadium, Dallas
Jerry Jones’ playhouse has more amenities than its 160-foot-wide video board, which was the biggest HDTV in the world until a bigger one was erected at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Dallas’ CBS Local recently covered the area’s best stadium and arena fare and recommended the BBQ brisket quesadillas, Kobe nacho dog, green chile Kobe burger, pork carnitas tacos, and Frito pie.
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2) Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
The Big Easy is world-renowned for its culinary offerings, and the Superdome doesn't disappoint. When you’re in attendance to see the Saints go marchin’ in, try some Cajun favorites like jambalaya, crawfish meat pies, and gumbo. Feeling particularly adventurous? Try the alligator sausage!
1) Citi Field, Queens, New York
Although the Mets haven’t fielded a great team in recent years, the food at Citi Field is top-notch. Much of the best that New York City has to offer is available at the ballpark: in addition to Shake Shack’s famous burgers, you can visit the open-air food court in center field and sample the Kansas City spareribs and pulled pork sandwich from Blue Smoke and fare from El Verano Tacqueria, Catch of the Day, Cascarino’s, Daruma of Tokyo, Mama’s of Corona, Hanover Café, and Tai Pan Bakery. After the stadium revamped its culinary offerings last year, The Daily Meal reviewed some of these delicious options.
And after shelling out loads of cash for tickets, the last thing you want is bland, overpriced food. Who wants to pay $12 for a burger that's been sitting under a heat lamp for hours and was mass-produced and frozen months ago? Add in $8 for a side of soggy fries and you're left wondering why you didn't eat before you got to the game or sneak in a couple of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
But while boring stadium food might be the norm, there are some venues out there that rise above the pack. In fact, some stadiums' culinary offerings are so outstanding that some fans prefer the food to the game!
For example, at the United Center in Chicago — home to the Bulls, Blackhawks, and mostly stereotypical arena food — the Budweiser Brew Pub is a diamond in the rough. This restaurant serves a hearty fresh-sliced roast beef sandwich that could stand on its own in any of the Windy City's most popular restaurants.
And while some stadiums have one or two offerings that completely surpass anything else sold there (think of the Lobel's steak sandwich in Yankee Stadium) some simply go above and beyond the call of duty. Citi Field, home of the Mets, has a dining program featuring New York fare from well-regarded restaurants such as Shake Shack, Blue Smoke, and Tai Pan Bakery that perhaps draws almost as many fans to the stadium as the team on the field.
Or at a Reds game at Great American Ballpark, you can splurge on deep-fried Kool-Aid and the Food Network Cincinnati Dog, a jumbo hot dog topped with pork rinds and BBQ sauce served on a potato roll.
And what trip to Lambeau Field would be complete without a trip through the Packers Hall of Fame, a picture in front of Vince Lombardi's statue, and a healthy portion of cheese curds? (As cheese curds are essentially deep-fried butter, healthy in the preceding sentence is of course defined as satisfying.)