Each spring, half of Major League Baseball comes to Arizona for Cactus League Spring Training. Ten different parks host fifteen different teams, with snow birds and baseball fans from around the world visiting to watch spring baseball. The teams display their new players, coaches, and staff, and the fans get a heck of a show. One thing the stadiums are providing the fans are some gourmet options on ballpark favorites. Here are some of the top food options for your next spring training game in Arizona.
Salt River Fields
The Diamondbacks and Rockies home facilities for the spring have consistently provided the fans with a few different options for their consumption. This year they have put together a behemoth of a hot dog. The Talking Stick Mega Dog is new this season and gives guests a half-pound, foot-long hot dog that is topped with smoked pulled pork and green chili mac and cheese. It weighs in at roughly a pound of total food and is just one of their gourmet options. Guests can also try the Sonoran Dog and McDowell Mountain Mushroom Burger.
Ohio natives can rejoice because this year they are bringing more than just the team with them from Ohio. The Goodyear Ballpark is serving up the Skyline Chili Dog and the Ohio-born Bertman Ball Park Mustard that are used at Progressive Field in Cleveland. This condiment is such a hit that the ballpark managers have reported that multiple economy size tubs have gone missing since its debut.
Maryvale Baseball Park
Maryvale Baseball Park is serving up some of their favorite foods from the north. The main menu features: Wisconsin Friday Fish Fry, which includes battered filets served with fries, coleslaw, and rye bread; Klement’s Racing Sausage Sampler, five grilled and skewered sausages served with peppers and onions, jumbo Italian sausage; and Crispin Mixology, hard apple cider mixed with Leinenkugel or Blue Moon beer. New this year to Maryvale includes a Hungry Howie’s Pizza served right behind home plate.
Scottsdale Stadium is surrounded by loads of great food and drink restaurants. From Goldwater Brewing to Old Town Gringos, food options outside the park are incredible. To keep up with the surrounding restaurants, they have created a chef inspired menu for their patrons. Fans can enjoy great food including carnitas, carne asada tacos, smoked salad with brisket or pork shoulder, and even corned beef and cabbage.
(Image By Andy Jou from Kirksville, Missouri, USA (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)