There’s nothing quite like watching sports live. The preparation involved, the excitement, the hype, is all part of the experience of going to your favorite teams stadium and watching a game. A stadium represents the unofficial home of a sports club and all the grandness that title envelops. The fans in the crowd are a team’s bread and butter, therefore the stadium is a very important part of a teams financial and long term success.
Today, we’re encompassing all of that greatness into 15 epic foods served at sports stadiums in different professional leagues. If you’re one to be content with a hot dog and fries, read this article and know what you are missing out on. Some of these delicacies (or monstrosities) go way over the 1,000 calorie mark per serving, meaning only one thing- it will most probably be delicious.
Stadiums have gotten far more creative in their concession snacks. With the prices being what they are to get into the stadium, the hot dog, fries, nachos with cheese sauce just doesn’t do it. If you’re going to be spending three hours of your life devoting attention and money to a team, they’d better give you some options you can’t get anywhere else.
Although every stadium has its specialty, this article is meant to highlight the outrageous, the unthinkable, and the somewhat vile things people buy at stadiums that look absolutely delicious, if not completely unhealthy. But then again, watching a team play live is so rare for some people that they can afford to buy these tasty treats when they go to their team’s stadium. Without further delay, here are the 15 best stadium foods.
15. Beef on weck egg rolls – Ralph Wilson Stadium
This is a different take on an iconic Buffalo sandwich. The beef on weck sandwich is quite a popular food in Buffalo, after chicken wings of course. It consists of sliced roast beef, cheddar, caraway seeds and sour cream, all stuffed inside an egg roll wrapper and deep fried. The two-inch rolls are served with Dijon horseradish dipping sauce for lubrication. Wow, this makes watching the Bills worthwhile.
This stadium snack is likely inspired by the “Pizza Log” the official finger food of the Buffalo Sabres, which features pizza ingredients stuffed into a wonton wrapper and deep-fried.
14. Apple Pie Bacon Shake – FirstEnergy Stadium
There is a common saying that says that bacon is universal; it can be mixed with any other ingredient or added into any dish, making it all the better. It seems the chefs over at the Cleveland Browns wanted to put that to the test with their next invention – the Apple Pie Bacon Shake. Michael Symon, a local Cleveland chef with a great reputation, came up with many new items for this season, and one of the more popular ones is this quirky, tasty bacon shake. Better food on the menu started when the Browns expanded their partnership with Aramark, who now becomes the main concessionaire at FirstEnergy Stadium.
13. The Funnel Dog – Arvest Ballpark
This tiny team in Arkansas, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, is an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, has once again proven why size just doesn’t matter when they came up with an enormously popular treat for fans. Combining two ballpark classics – funnels and hot-dogs – they’ve come up with one of the more popular delicacies that you can find in any American ballpark. Imagine the taste of a hot-dog combined with the sweetness of a funnel cake, all lightly coated with sugar, for only $3.50.
“Sometimes the best ideas happen by accident. This is one of those stories, and I’m confident you won’t see this concoction anywhere else other than Arvest Ballpark,” said Arkansas Naturals’ General Manager Eric Edelstein.
12. The Moby Dick – Classic Park
The Lake County Captains, a class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, have come up with the most ungodly sandwich to bless the earth. It is called the Moby Dick, and features a 15″ sesame seed hoagie roll, five quarter-pound fish filets, eight slices of cheese, six ounces of clam strips, one-third of a pound of French fries and one cup of coleslaw. This is all topped off with an enormous amount of lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, and tartar sauce. The price of the Moby Dick is $20. Reasonable considering the boatload of ingredients featured in the sandwich.
11. Chicken and Waffles Donut – Edward James Dome
This may seem slightly exaggerative, but the chicken and waffle mix is a sensation that has rocked the nation, making its way into the bigger North American cities and enjoyed by many. The St. Louis Rams, more specifically the wildly popular doughnut shop in the stadium called Strange Donuts, have come up with an exquisitely popular dish, the chicken and waffle doughnut. Strange Donuts have added many other donuts that have quickly become fan favorites and for that I definitely recommend checking out if attending a Rams game this year, especially if it’s their last in St. Louis.
10. The 216 – Quicken Loans Arena
The 216 at the Quicken Loans Arena is another food item that breaks well over 1,000 calories. Priced at $11, the 216 consists of a Hungarian sausage and smoked pork sandwich, topped with barbecue sauce, red pepper relish, beer cheese fondue and sweet potato tots. Why not enjoy Lebron James and the Cavaliers while enjoying this amazingly dressed hot-dog looking treat? It was so good that it was even featured on Sports Illustrated’s food item of the week.
9. Triple Pork Poutine – BMO Field
I know you’re probably thinking, how could a poutine made in Toronto be a top food? There’s no denying that poutine belongs to my home province of Quebec, but our neighbors to the west have made us proud with their creation at BMO Field. It made it onto Jockular’s list of foods that totally disregard human life (not sure if that’s a good thing) and also made it on a New York Daily news list of crazy stadium foods. This has all the ingredients of a classic poutine; a bed of fries topped with cheese curds and gravy. But then add pork, bacon, and sausage, and you have yourself a difficult digestion in a few hours.
8. The Luther Burger – GCS Ballpark
The Gateway Grizzlies, a baseball team in Sauget, Illinois, have made their own version of a doughnut burger that has very quickly become a fan favorite. Apparently since its introduction, it’s attracted more fans to the ballpark and has become the most popular item on the menu. Dubbed a cardiologist’s worst nightmare (and with reason), let’s start by saying that this burger has 1,000 calories. It consists of a deep-fried Krispy Creme doughnut (hence the calories) around a black angus all-beef patty, melted cheese, and two strips of bacon. Whether or not you think doughnuts mix with burgers is your own personal opinion, but fans in Illinois seem to have fallen in love with it.
7. The Fifth Third Burger – Fifth Third Ballpark
The fifth third burger, named after Fifth Third Ballpark, is home to the West Michigan Whitecaps, an affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. This stadium is particularly notable for the man-challenging burger they created – the Fifth Third Burger. This is no ordinary burger. I’m not even sure this should be called a burger. This is a five-pound, 4,800 calorie burger made with made with five 1⁄3-pound (0.15 kg) burger patties and topped with American cheese, nacho cheese sauce, chili, shredded lettuce, diced tomato, salsa, sour cream, and tortilla chips, all stuffed inside an eight-inch sesame seed bun.
It was also featured on the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food hosted by Alan Richman, where he had to eat the burger in the last two and a half innings of the game. And finish it he did, becoming only the 157th man to do so. Oh, TV.
6. The Walk-Off – Camden Yards
If the stadium needs to give you a slightly bigger version of a steak knife to eat this next treat, then perhaps a stadium is not the right place to be serving it. Nevertheless, the Baltimore Orioles’ Walk-Off makes it onto this list because of a nice blend of innovation and presentation, followed by some delicious ingredients. The Walk-Off is a juicy Old Bay Roma sausage wrapped in a pretzel roll and covered in a house made Old Bay crab dip. Although it doesn’t meet the traditional stadium food look, it simply looks delicious. It’s aptly named, because you really do have to walk this off after eating it.
5. The Choomongous – Globe Life Park in Arlington
This is the first Texas Ranger invention that makes the list. Inspired by new Ranger outfielder Shin-Soo Choo, the Choomongous is a 24-inch beef teriyaki sandwich topped with spicy coleslaw and creamy Sriracha sauce. Served only in section 29, this is just one of the Rangers’ amazing 24-inch creations. Looking at a picture of the Choomongous makes you wonder how a person can even handle that much sandwich and meat whilst watching a game. From my calculations, finishing even half of that solo may require over two innings and at least two changes of clothes.
This sandwich will remind you of when Homer Simpson spent weeks trying to finish a 10-foot hoagie.
According to Marc Arlington, who finished all 24 inches of it, there was about two pounds of mayo neatly squished between the two massive pieces of bread, leading to a lot of sogginess in the bread almost immediately upon the first bite. But other than that, it is recommended indeed.
4. The Horse Collar – Lambeau Field
The Green Bay Packers have taken a classic pretzel and made it unrecognizable. Described as the perfect fuel when watching the Packers play, the Horse Collar is a 22-inch long home made kielbasa, served in a freshly baked hoagie roll in the shape of a horse shoe, hence the name. It is then smothered with beer, cheese, and fried sauerkraut. All for the friendly price of $20. It was named after the banned horse collar tackle, which involves grabbing the inside of the jersey or shoulder pads of an opposing player and yanking him down. Although the chef insists it was made for two, I’ve never been one for sharing food, and would suggest attempting this on your own. The glory will be infinite (and will most likely result in massive stomach pains).
3. Murph-a-dilla — Globe Life Park in Arlington
This Texan concoction is as American as it gets. All yours for the reasonable price of 26$, this 24-inch quesadilla is a fan favorite in Arlington. It features warm flatbread wrapped around cheddar cheese, topped with brisket, pico, lettuce, nacho cheese and jalapeno. To top it all off, its served on a bed of nacho cheese Doritos. If anything, this is a representation of America’s nutrition problems.
On a side note, it must be said that the Texas Rangers have a very impressive menu at hand for their fans. The Murph-a-dilla is just one example of many 24-inch entrees featured on their menus.
2. Pulled Pork Parfait – Miller Park
When a food has its own Tumblr and Twitter feed, you know it means something special is going on. Welcome to the life of the Pulled Pork Parfait at Miller Park. This delight features a layered combo of pulled pork, mashed potatoes, and gravy, served in a parfait style cup. At first glance, it may look like a really disgusting ice cream. But if life has taught us one thing, it’s that looks can be deceiving. If the Milwaukee Brewers are doing one thing right, it’s this.
What’s interesting about this is that a Canadian Chef was actually the first to put pulled pork and mash in a ice cream cup. Hank Daddy’s BBQ in Maple, Ontario actually calls itself “The original home of the Pulled Pork Parfait.” Nice try, Milwaukee!
1. The Roast Beast – Levi’s Stadium
The Roast Beast is a beautiful monstrosity, if you know what I mean. This enormous pile of meat on meat was created by chef Dave Varley and contains seven different types of meat. There are 24 quail, 12 chickens, eight ducks, six turkeys, two lambs, a whole pig, and one beef saddle. It’s only available to a select group of fans – season ticket holders that pay an additional $5,000 fee to attend the team’s buffet and tailgate parties. The Roast Beast, as you’ve probably established for yourself, represents the Mecca of foods that we can find in a stadium.
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