4 Stadium Venues with Top-Notch Dining

Baseball Glove and Hot DogIn a recent blog post about great baseball stadiums for your events, I mentioned how great it is to spend a summer usually day or night at the ballpark. However, I must admit that I have an ulterior motive when it comes to going to see a game: I love the food! Soft pretzels, bags of peanuts, ice cold beer—all that "so-bad-for-you-it's-good" stuff that baseball stadiums do so well.

But if you're just not in the mood for one of the classics usually being tossed out by seat vendors, you're still in luck. More and more baseball stadiums are stepping up their game, so to speak, when it comes to food options. From Mexican-themed hot dogs to Italian cannolis, these event-friendly baseball stadiums can offer your guests a wealth of food options to go along with their Cracker Jacks.

Petco Park

Opened in 2004, Petco Park's concessions include all the usual ballpark fare, such as burgers, pizza, and hot dogs. But what really makes its food options stand out are the border-influenced fare such as fish tacos, offered by Rubio's, and the Sonoran hot dog, wrapped in bacon, stuffed in a bun with salsa and pinto beans, and topped by jalapeno sauce.

For your San Diego events, Petco Park offers stunning views of the bay and city skyline, an array of venue options and state-of-the-art amenities. Event spaces on the Toyota Terrace, upper deck, and street, mezzanine, field and garden levels feature a number of meeting options ranging in size from 50 to 3,000 guests.

Safeco Field

Home of the Seattle Mariners, Safeco Field has been nominated by the Food Network for having the Best Ballpark Eats in America. Its 62 food stands, 26 kiosks, one restaurant and one pub run the gamut of baseball cuisine, from traditional picks such as nachos to unique options such as sushi rolls. One of the largest selling items is the Ivar Dog, sold by famed Ivar's seafood restaurant. A hot dog with a Seattle twist, Ivar Dogs are sliced pieces of cod served in a hot dog bun and topped with coleslaw.

One of the top attractions in Seattle, Safeco Field offers both venue space for rent as well as a number of unique packages for groups. With the Grand Slam Fantasy Baseball and Homerun Derby Batting Practice package, groups large and small can practice their swing and enjoy a catered lunch buffet.

PNC Park

Opened in 2001, this classic-style ballpark is more than just home to the MLB's Pittsburgh Pirates. It also features 31 permanent and 24 portable concession stands, including one just for children. Among the barbecue, ice cream, hamburgers, and popcorn, visitors find the famed sandwiches from Primanti Bros., which incorporate sides of French fries and coleslaw into the sandwich itself.

Capable of hosting anything from concerts to tradeshows to wedding rehearsals to fundraisers, PNC Park offers a number of indoor and outdoor event venues in Pittsburgh. The park's event staff can also provide catering services, furniture and equipment rental, audio-visual equipment, park tours and more.

Citi Field

The new home of the New York Mets, Citi Field features spacious concourses, contoured seating intended to bring spectators closer to the field, and a number of climate-controlled restaurants and bars with a wide range of menu options. Pulled pork sandwiches and Kansas City ribs from Blue Smoke, clam chowder and lobster rolls from Taste of the City, fresh-cut, Belgian-style fries with gourmet dipping sauces from Box Frites—the list goes on and on. Guests can even indulge their sweet tooth with a New York favorite: a cannoli topped by blue and orange sprinkles (Mets colors) from Leo's Latticini.

In addition to its great food, Citi Field boasts five-star service and top-notch New York event space. The stadium has over 200,000 square feet of hospitality space, capable of accommodating events from 25 to 6,000 people in size.
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