What happens when rough-and-tumble football meets healthy and humane vegetarian food? Just ask Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster, who recently went vegan and has helped lead the Texans to the top of the AFC South.
But the vegetarian revolution that’s sweeping the nation isn’t just for top athletes—fans can get in on the action, too. That’s why PETA has just released the results of its fifth annual survey of the top five most vegetarian-friendly stadiums in the NFL, and for the third year running, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field is number one.
Topping Lincoln Financial’s offerings are protein-packed faux-steak and faux-chicken sandwiches, veggie dogs and burgers, and the incomparable seitan brisket. Fans in the premium areas can also feast on spicy falafel, grilled-vegetable hoagies, hummus and pita chips, and fresh-fruit platters. Grabbing second place is Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots. Its specialties include veggie dogs and burgers, black-bean burgers, grilled portobello mushroom burgers, bean burritos, hummus, fruit plates, and, in the premium areas, a delicious field-greens salad with herbed tofu, cranberries, and nuts.
Rounding out the top five are the Oakland Raiders’ O.co Coliseum, featuring veggie dogs and burgers, vegan chocolate fondue, and veggie fajitas; the Atlanta Falcons’ Georgia Dome, offering vegan sloppy Joes, veggie dogs and burgers, and hummus; and the Detroit Lions’ Ford Field, whose sloppy Joes, veggie burgers, and vegan energy bars are all winners. Honorable mention goes to the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium, the St. Louis Rams’ Edward Jones Dome, the San Francisco 49ers’ Candlestick Park, and MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Jets and the New York Giants.
“Smart football fans are calling a timeout on penalizing their bodies with artery-clogging meat,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “NFL fans who want to make sure they’re around for many more seasons to come should sideline health-, Earth-, and animal-unfriendly meat from their diets for good.”
For more information, please visit PETA’s blog.