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PETA Lists Vegetarian Friendly Ballparks - 2002-04-10

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has released a list of its top-10 vegetarian friendly baseball parks. The list includes Coors field in Denver, Pro Player Park in Miami and Tampa Bay's Tropicana field.

A PETA survey said that Tropicana Field has the best vegetable-only fare, offering fans vegetable alternatives to hot dogs, pizza, cotton candy and other snacks.

Dan Shannon is an assistant campaigner in PETA's grass roots department, and he told VOA Sports that Tampa Bay offers vegetarian fans sveral options. "The Devil Rays offer a wide variety of vegetarian options including garden burgers, pasta, vegetarian stir fry, meatless vegetable subs, fruit smoothies," he said. "The list goes on an on. Most of this food is really tasty and a lot of the options they are offering are really spectacular."

Second on the list was the Colorado Rockies' home park, Coors field. Dan Shannon of PETA said the Rockies, as and sveral other teams have gone the extra mile to accommodate vegetarian and health conscious fans. "You know all of these ball parks are really putting an effort into catering to vegetarians," he said. "There are 17 million vegetarians in the U-S alone and that's a market that these clubs can not afford to ignore."

Rounding out the top five are Toronto's Sky Dome, home of the Blue Jays, Oakland's Network Associates Coliseum, The A's home park, and Pro Player Stadium, the Marlins' home stadium in Florida. PETA is also hoping that other teams and ballparks will decide to offer more vegetable-based foods to fans.