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The 10 Most Veggie-Friendly NFL Stadiums

The 10 Most Veggie-Friendly NFL Stadiums

Once upon a time, in a galaxy far, far away, a vegetarian attended an NFL football game. “Is there any vegetarian or vegan food here?” she may have asked. All her friends turned to look at her, dumbfounded. Perhaps they hoisted their all-beef hot dogs and cheeseburgers into the air, pointed their big foam fingers at her and giggled at such a silly notion.

Thankfully, those days are over. NFL stadiums around the country are now well aware that America’s diet is shifting toward more healthy, or at least more animal-friendly, options.

Now that we’re smack dab in the middle of football season, there’s no better time to salute the 10 most veggie-friendly NFL stadiums around the country. We’ll adopt the first five from PETA’s just-released Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly list for 2013, and move on from there:

1. Lincoln Financial Field – Philadelphia Eagles

PETA has voted the Eagles’ home stadium into the number one spot for four years in a row, and it’s easy to understand why. Vegetarians and vegans have a terrific smorgasbord to choose from at the Lincoln Financial Field general concessions vendors. Try a black bean burger, a garden burger, a vegan steak sandwich or veggie tacos. How about breaded eggplant hoagies, hummus and chips, and fresh fruit platters? The choices will make your head spin.

2. Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City Chiefs

The munchies available for Kansas City fans to chow down on sound pretty darn tasty. Go for the lentil burger, the veggie burger, the Sloppy Jane, as well as vegetarian standbys like cheese pizza, cheese-covered nachos and popcorn.

3. O.co Coliseum – Oakland Raiders

You know this stadium is in sunny California because here you’ll be noshing on veggie burritos, veggie fajitas, a veggie burrito bowl, salsa, guacamole and the Southwest Tortilla Salad, in addition to veggie burgers and hot dogs. Don’t forget the 7-layer-dip, hummus-spinach-artichoke dip, and — saints preserve us — vegan chocolate fondue.

4. Ford Field – Detroit Lions

You wouldn’t think Detroit would be this veggie-friendly, for some reason, but you’d be wrong. At Ford Field, you’ll be able to enjoy a vegan sloppy joe (the Sloppy Jane), a veggie and hummus cup, tofu flatbread sandwiches, a veggie burger, a fruta cup with chili lime salt, garlic parmesan fries, a vegan chopped salad and more.

5. Qualcomm Stadium – San Diego Chargers

In San Diego, vegheads with the munchies can load up on the three-grain vegetable burger, a roasted vegetable wrap, farm stand nachos, hummus, fresh fruit, chopped salads, Portabella Carpaccio, pinto bean nachos, and cheese or veggie pizza. Oh, and vegan chocolate chip cookies. Again, that’s vegan chocolate chip cookies.

6. CenturyLink Field – Seattle Seahawks

Veggie football fans in Seattle will never go hungry. Wander around the concessionaires and partake of the pad thai, asian tacos, potachos, edamame wow bao, truffle herb fries, roasted vegetable hummus with pita, Field Roast burgers and dogs, cheese pizza, and the list just goes on. Nom nom nom.

7. Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis Colts

Attend a Colts game and you can have your fill of veggie stir fry, “The Combine” (a veggie sub sandwich), the grilled veggie burger, nachos, fries, cheese pizza, pasta with marinara or pesto and veggies, vegetable wraps, crudites, baguette sandwiches, apple-jalapeno cole slaw, caesar salad, salt roasted golden beets and those lovely vegan chocolate chip cookies.

8. Everbank Field – Jacksonville Jaguars

Sally forth to Florida and while you’re cheering the Jaguars on to victory, stuff your face with the vegetarian burrito, veggie burger, Garlic Potato Frip, veggie wrap, taco salad bowl, cheese quesadilla, pico de gallo mac and cheese, the Sloppy Jane (made with tempeh, peppers and onions), and the ZLT (zucchini lettuce and tomato) flatbread. Yum yum, we say. Most definitely yum.

9. Sports Authority Field at Mile High – Denver Broncos

How does a grilled veggie wrap or a “no chicken” chicken bowl sound? Or a Goal Line Greens Salad, teriyaki rice bowl, tamales, smothered burritos or quesadillas? Pretty delish? We thought so, too. You can have all that and more at a Broncos game in Denver. Bundle up and get to the stadium with your appetite at the ready.

10. Gillette Stadium – New England Patriots

While you’re freezing your butt off in snowy New England, warm your tummy with veggie delights like the portabella mushroom burger, Caesar wrap in a spinach tortilla, field greens salad with cranberries, veggie burrito with black beans, rice, bell peppers and onions, a black bean burger, or try building your own vegetarian nachos. Let us not forget the premium level, which offers vegetable lasagna, focaccia and a cheese platter. Do I hear stomachs rumbling out there?

Fear not, veggie football fans. Your sporting event food choices are getting better every day. Get out there, cheer on your favorite team, and down a few tofu dogs or vegan sloppy joes. Maybe you’ll even win some converts to the veggie cause.

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11:12PM PST on Dec 10, 2013

Glad to see these options available

9:33PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

ty

8:18PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

Since the NFL is hokum charity and the stadium are built by the public to make a few rich- I find this totally meaningless. Like saying Gucci watches are vegan.

4:29AM PST on Dec 9, 2013

Great news. Thanks for sharing.

11:10AM PST on Dec 8, 2013

The food looks really good.

8:48AM PST on Dec 8, 2013

Ty for the post

6:35AM PST on Dec 7, 2013

I'm an Aussie, & I live on the underpopulated (western) side of the country too. And I am always amazed that America, which I know has a huge percentage of fatty, meaty, junky, suicidal eaters also has these fabulous vegan options I read about all the time, now I see even at sports stadiums. If I'm going to be away from home over a mealtime I have to pack one myself! Nowhere within my normal driving distance, is there a vegan take-away option (vege yes but not vegan). And the few vegan eateries I know of in my city are all sit-down & not cheap. Now coming up to this busy time of year I'm constantly hungry over the day - which isn't healthy either. I literally spend half my time wishing we would get with the program & become as vegan as you, & the other half hoping like hell we don't ever start to eat as badly as you do. You are a strange population!

9:35PM PST on Dec 6, 2013

Good for you, Philly!

11:23AM PST on Dec 6, 2013

A big THANK YOU to these stadiums!

11:03AM PST on Dec 6, 2013

Noted

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