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Vegans and Hot Dog Lovers Agree on the Minor League’s Best Eats

Hot dog lovers in the know recognize Durham Bull’s Stadium as home to some of the best hot dogs in the Carolinas, but it may come as a surprise that PETA also praises Centerplate’s food and beverage operations there as a Vegan venue of choice, too.

Our Durham stadium has something for everyone.

For meat-eating hot dog lovers, there’s the Nuke Dog, a culinary tribute to beloved baseball movie Bull Durham on its 25th anniversary, named in honor of beloved fireball pitcher Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh, whose character famously threw serious high heat on and off the mound. When Minor League Baseball asked fans to vote for the best ballpark menu items from around the country, the spicy local Carolina Bright Leaf hot dog topped with award-winning Get Me A Switch relish from Carolina’s own Cottage Lane Kitchen secured its spot as the Best of “Hogs and Dogs.”

But here’s something else fans might not expect, according to PETA, Durham Bulls Stadium is also one of the best Minor League ballparks in the country for vegetarians.

"We take our commitment to creating an extraordinary experience for every fan seriously, and we have a lot of fun with it."

Tammy Scott, Centerplate General Manager

A variety of meat-free and vegan items (not to mention all-natural and gluten-free items as well) “moved up a notch in the standings from last season to claim second place in the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, thanks to the mock-chicken nuggets, meat-free corn dogs, and hearty tofu burrito with black beans and pico de gallo.”

So what’s the secret sauce? Centerplate General Manager, Tammy Scott, says it’s all about knowing your fans, and getting the best quality products from the local community: “We take our commitment to creating an extraordinary experience for every fan seriously, and we have a lot of fun with it.”