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Pirates Tickets Guide: Vegan Options at PNC Park

January 25, 2014

Are you a vegan, or someone who prefers a vegetarian inclined diet, with Pittsburgh Pirates tickets? If so, you have something celebrate: PNC Park is one of the most vegan and vegetarian-friendly Major League Baseball stadiums in the country.

According to PETA’s Top 10 Vegetarian-Friendly Major League Baseball Parks, after several years as an honorable mention, PNC Park cracked the top ten. Let’s take a look at some of the delicious vegan and vegetarian options that earned PNC its top spot.

All You Can Eat Salads, Peanuts, Popcorn, and Pretzels

With the Pepsi ‘All You Can Eat’ seats, you won’t find yourself hungry and without options at the game. While it might sound like the typical ballpark food vegetarians expect to find at a Major League Baseball stadium, the salads and pretzels add some refreshing variety.

Also, if you’re a vegetarian instead of a vegan, nachos and ice cream are included in this deal as well, making it even tastier. (or, if you are a vegan, ask them to hold the nacho cheese and just eat the chips with lettuce and beans!).

Vegetable Soup and Sides


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The trend toward offering vegetarian options has even penetrated some of PNC’s most iconic eateries. For example, Primanti Bros in section 110 (the Smorgasburgh), now offers a vegetable soup as an alternative to their meaty sandwiches!

If you are not in the mood for soup, you could always go with the traditional vegetarian standby of making a meal out of sides. Primanti Bros have amazing french fries and are famous for their coleslaw. They also have fresh Italian bread and butter (vegans can hold off on the butter), and large kosher pickles.

Veggie Burgers

Unfortunately, the veggie burgers are not vegan because they contain a little egg white. Interestingly, this is a trend that stretches across many Major League Baseball veggie burgers. Still, for vegetarians, or those who are after a healthier, cruelty-free option, the PNC veggie burgers are an excellent choice.

Veggie sandwiches

According to My Big Green Adventure, a blog that documents the adventures of one particular vegan named Annie, the vegetable sandwiches sold at PNC are fantastic.

Annie provides a mouth-watering description of the sandwich, marinated portabella mushrooms, roasted red peppers, onions, and squash on grilled ciabatta bread. Yum.

Veggie Sushi

Also, according to Annie’s Big Green Adventure, the vegetarian sushi was impressively good. Apparently, although she was “a little skeptical of ordering sushi at a ballpark,” the ingredients were all fresh and it was prepared right in front of her.

For those of you who are thinking it — yes, “vegetarian sushi” is technically an oxymoron since fish isn’t a vegetable. Vegetable rolls might be a better term for all you sticklers out there.

Egg Rolls and Vegetable Lo Mein

If you have a craving for Chinese food, PNC has excellent egg rolls for the vegetarians, and vegetable lo mein options for the vegans.

So, here’s the take away: If you’re a vegan, a vegetarian, or simply have a vegetarian inclined diet, PNC Park has filling food you’ll be able to enjoy.

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