New state-of-the-art stadiums and sports arenas have popped up all over the country in the past few years; along with updated standards in guest amenities, these venues have gone above and beyond to provide gastronomic pleasures that exceed the expected burgers and fries by a long shot. In many stadiums, regional foods are proudly featured and fresh ingredients are emphasized. And luxury suite fare is more varied than ever, with menu packages from sushi bars to Mediterranean food for the true gourmet. Even stadium classics are often given a fresh twist -- like Safeco Field's Ivar Dog, which is actually fried cod (Photo credit: Flickr/Malingering).
In sporting cities around the country, from Los Angeles to Philadelphia, restaurant-quality food lives up to the impressive view of the game -- NBA suites in LA feature local artisan cheeses, you can eat sliced mushroom strudel with feta and red pepper coulis while watching Major League Baseball in Seattle and in Dallas, home of all-American fare, comfort food gets an upgrade when items like truffled mac and cheese make the menu.
But these arenas haven't forgotten the favorites that the fans have come to love over the years. Still available are the classic foods that people associate with their live sports experiences; from suites to the bleachers, fans clamor for Gilroy Garlic Fries at AT&T Park and for Dodger Dogs in Los Angeles.
The bottom line is that it's all about choices now -- to go with your peanuts and Cracker Jacks, naturally.
-- Molly Aronica, The Daily Meal
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The Yankees are known for representing wealth, fortune and superiority in the world of Major League Baseball, which is why it comes as no surprise that their stadium would rank among the most expensive luxury boxes in professional sports. The food options include sushi, brick-oven pizza and celebrity chefs such as Masaharu Morimoto and April Bloomfield have been known to be seen working the open cooking stations in the suites. Top Tier Luxury Box Price: $23,000 for an Opening Day game including 22 tickets. World's Most Expensive Hot Dog Photo Credit: © Flickr/Global Voyager
A mini-museum of baseball memorabilia at the Club Level will get you in the proper mood to view the game, as will the food; the home of the San Francisco Giants takes it to a new level, utilizing local fare for gourmet creations. It's been reported that a fan or two has snuck onto the Club Level just for the strawberry shortcake. But every fan has access to some park staples: the Dungeness crab sandwich atop garlic-buttered sourdough, and Gilroy Garlic Fries with fresh parsley and garlic. The stadium includes a variety of luxury suite packages, but all of them are catered by Bon Appétit Suites. Top Tier Luxury Box Price: The Virgin America Loft at McCovey Cove will run you $17,500 per game during Dodgers Weekend, including 45 tickets, a patio, and a complimentary scoreboard message. Click here to see 15 Ice Creams You've Never Tried Photo Credit: © AT&T Park
In a brilliant display of entrepreneurship, a Cubs-endorsed building developer decided to open luxury suites in the Rooftop Club, right outside of storied Wrigley Field in Chicago. Fans are treated to an unobstructed diamond view and ballpark classics with a twist: skirt steak sandwiches, Wisconsin-style brats, and Kobe beef burgers served on brioche buns. Fat Tire is on tap! Top Tier Luxury Box Price: Renting out The Grand Slam Suite for a Marquee game will run you and 55 of your closest friends $16,200 with the Premier catering package. Click here to see 10 Incredible New Food Products Photo Credit: © Levy Restaurants
This state-of-the art ballpark has varied menu selections available in their luxury suites, which are named after various presidents. Options include a Mediterranean menu, which features a basmati rice entrée sautéed with lentils and tomatoes, and angel hair pasta. The good food -- along with extensive wine and beer list -- make watching a lot easier if the team doesn't win. Top Tier Luxury Box Price: A seat inside the Lexus Presidents Club costs $400 during Marquee games and includes a chef's table buffet, complimentary draft beer and house wine, and an autograph session. Click here to see Failed Products of Major Brands Photo Credit: © Flickr/west-end
Watching the Seattle Mariners play baseball from a luxury suite feels even farther from the madding crowds when your meal package includes items like a portabello mushroom stack with Boursin cheese and red pepper coulis. Still, die-hard fans will tell you it's a must to get the park's classic Ivar Dog -- fried cod layered with coleslaw and tartar sauce on a fresh roll. Top Tier Luxury Box Price: The Press Box Suite will run you $500 a head during a Premium game and can hold 18-25 people, plus it includes access to Wells Fargo Terrace Club Lounges. Click here to see More of What the 1 Percent Eats at the Ballpark Photo Credit: © Flickr/Bryce Edwards
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