Globe Life Park in Arlington named most vegan-friendly ballpark in USA
Arlington's Globe Life Park may be home to the Texas Rangers, but it has another claim to fame: It's the most vegan-friendly ballpark in the U.S. of A.
The Arlington ballpark took the No. 1 slot for 2019 in an annual "Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Ballparks" list compiled by animal welfare group PETA.
Globe Life Park is no stranger to the list. It won the No. 1 slot in 2017, then slipped in 2018 to second place. Now it reclaims its rightful spot at the top.
Much of its success is due to the addition of is Ballpark Vegan concession stand in 2016, stationed near the third-base line in Section 16, which has been a smash.
Delaware North, the ballpark's concessionaire, worked to set up the stand with Veggie Texas Ranger Fans, a Facebook page advocating for more vegan offerings set up by Twalla Grant, a Rangers fan who follows a plant-based diet.
The stand was ahead of the curve on the vegan movement, which has become the No. 1 trend in dining in the past two years. Meanwhile, the popularity of the vegan concession stand has extended to non-vegans who simply like the food.
The menu features vegan versions of ballpark favorites, including nachos topped with Beyond Meat crumbles and melted nondairy cheese; vegan chicken wraps; chili with Beyond Meat crumbles; tamales; and Beyond sausages with grilled onions.
PETA VP Tracy Reiman notes the delicious irony of having a vegan stand in Texas.
"The Rangers may play in the heart of 'cattle country,' but hearty meat-free cheeseburgers and spicy street tacos have turned the team's stadium into a vegan paradise," Reiman says in a statement. "Globe Life Park and the other ballparks on PETA's list are covering all the bases when it comes to meeting the nationwide demand for animal-friendly fare."
PETA calls vegan ballpark fare a home run for animals, as each person who goes vegan spares more than 200 animals a year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today's meat, egg, and dairy industries. Vegans also have a lower risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, obesity, and cancer than meat-eaters do.
Coming in second is another ballpark with a dedicated vegan stand: the Mets' Citi Field, where Marty's V Burger dishes up a variety of veggie burgers, Beyond Meat bratwursts, edamame dumplings, and Dole Whip sundaes. Taking the third slot is last year's winner, the Minnesota Twins' Target Field, which offers Sriracha "brats" and Italian "sausages" from The Herbivorous Butcher.