American Airlines Center, Dallas
Hockey might be an icy sport, but when you’re watching the Stars skate in sweltering Dallas, you might be craving a warm-weather beverage. Head over to the arena’s El Jimador tequila bar for a classic margarita or the signature Paloma with refreshingly tart grapefruit soda while you watch the hot action on the ice.
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn is home to some of New York’s best restaurants, and the newest arena in the region brings the tastes of the neighborhood to Nets fans, concertgoers, and other admiring visitors to the bustling new center. Slow-cooked brisket from Fatty ‘Cue is a favorite, served over mac and cheese or as a sandwich.
Camden Yards, Baltimore
Orioles fans get to watch their nine innings in the classic confines of Camden Yards, but there’s something modern on the menu at Dempsey’s, the in-house brewpub, this year: The Walk-Off. It’s an over-the-top combination of sausage topped with Old Bay-tinged crab dip on a pretzel roll. You might need to run the bases after this one.
Chase Field, Phoenix
Hot dogs are as much a part of the baseball experience as the seventh inning stretch, and at Arizona Diamondbacks, you can get a real southwestern taste experience, too. The Sonoran dog, a regional specialty wrapped in bacon and topped with beans, pico de gallo, and mayo, brings Mexican flavor to America’s pastime.
Citi Field, Queens, NY
It’s completely possible to see a Mets baseball game at Citi Field and eat your way around the park the entire time, with stellar food options like Pat LaFrieda’s filet mignon sandwich, Shake Shack burgers and frozen custard, and Blue Smoke’s succulent pulled pork, fried cihicken, and upscale BBQ bologna sandwiches. Come hungry, leave happy.
Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City
You might not think tender baby back ribs as your typical baseball food, but it’s not a trip to Kansas City if you don’t leave licking sweet and spicy BBQ sauce off your fingers. Tear into a sticky, messy rack as you watch a Royals game, or have a cheesesteak made with burnt ends (for some, the best part of BBQ).
Lambeau Field, Green Bay
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If the legions of cheeseheads (yes, that’s the name for the fans who show up to Packers football games wearing plastic hats shaped like cheddar wedges, among other paraphernalia) didn’t tip you off, Wisconsin is dairy country—and what better way to pay homage to the region’s culinary specialty than with a basket of freshly fried, squeaky cheese curds?
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
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Reigning Super Bowl champs the Baltimore Ravens will defend their title this fall, and fans will flock to M&T Bank Stadium to cheer them on while chowing down on the Pigskin sandwich, stuffed with mango-glazed slow-roasted pork, Manchego cheese, and roasted garlic mojo. It’s almost more popular than the crab cake sandwich—or Joe Flacco!
Miller Park, Milwaukee
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It might be the beer that made Milwaukee famous, but its state fair heritage is pretty popular too. At Brewers baseball games, concession stands like the Fry Bars found throughout the ballpark serve up piping-hot deep-fried goodness like cheesy waffle fries, poutine, and even cheesecake. Don’t worry, there are always brats for the traditionalists.
Petco Park, San Diego
Sure, you can bring your own snacks to munch on during a Padres baseball game (pets, unfortunately, are off limits save for the once-a-year “Dog Days of Summer” dog-friendly event). But there’s no need to trek in with trail mix when carne asada fries—loaded with tender steak and pico de gallo—are offered as an option.
PNC Park, Pittsburgh
Pirates fans relive the glory days of Pittsburgh baseball at PNC Park—not only through the championship banners hung throughout the park, but at 1971 and 1979 World Series Champ Manny Sanguillen’s BBQ stand on the outfield riverwalk. Manny himself can often be found at the stand, greeting Buccos fans and signing autographs.
Prudential Center, Newark
Try an authentic taste of Newark at the Prudential Center while you watch the New Jersey Devils kick ice: a Jimmy Buff's Italian hot dog. This unusual sandwich, featuring a hot dog, fried potatoes, griddled peppers and onions on an Italian roll, is a Jersey classic and was invented just down the street from where the arena now stands.
Staples Center, Los Angeles
There’s a lot to take in at the Staples Center—Lakers, Clippers, and Sparks basketball, Kings hockey, and innumerable concerts—so it stands to reason that the food is plentiful as well. Fresh guacamole, California burritos, and steaming tamales are hallmarks of the local flavor at Camacho’s Cantina.
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Turner Field, Atlanta
Atlantans are used to waiting for a handcrafted burger at local gastropub Holeman & Finch, where they’re only served at Sunday brunch or weeknights after 10:00 pm—and now at Turner Field, where the juicy limited-edition sandwiches are available at select stands throughout the ballpark or through a special ticket package. Trust us, it’s worth it.