For the fourth year in a row, Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, has finished first in the annual Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Ballparks ranking compiled by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). New on the park’s menu this year is a vegan breaded chicken sandwich, which joins a meatless lineup that also includes a faux crab-cake salad (also available as a sandwich or wrap), protein-packed veggie burgers and veggie dogs, a Southwestern black-bean burger, a veggie steak sandwich, a mock chicken steak, and a new vegan Rice Crispie treat.
"Being named the most vegetarian-friendly ballpark for the fourth straight year is quite an honor," says Chrissy Flanigan, general manager for food and beverage provider Aramark at Citizens Bank Park. "We're continually working with the Phillies and the fans to diversify our menus, and it's clear Citizens Bank Park's vegetarian options continue to be a grand slam."
The San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park grabbed second place thanks to the addition of its new mixed-vegetable sandwich, a veritable meal on a bun. Its other meatless offerings include vegetable sushi rolls, veggie burritos, meatless tamales, edamame, and hearty veggie burgers and veggie dogs.
Rounding out the top 10 are Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros), Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers), Coors Field (Colorado Rockies), Turner Field (Atlanta Braves), PETCO Park (San Diego Padres), Angel Stadium (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers), Target Field (Minnesota Twins) and Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians). The latter two tied for 10th place.