It’s football season, and there are three main ways to watch: throw a game day party, go out to a bar, or experience the helmet-colliding action in person. It’s easy to create a vegan-friendly atmosphere when you’re hosting, and bars and pubs are more vegan-friendly than ever before. Up until this season, the pickings were slim at most stadiums, and vegans were generally faced with the choice between eating French fries or starving. However, stadium menus are beginning to open up to vegan options, much like the players. Here are eight NFL stadiums that you won’t have to sneak a peanut butter and jelly sandwich into.
1. Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, KS
Home to the Kansas City Chiefs, this southern stadium works with Aramark to provide its fans with a variety of vegan-friendly game day fare. Beyond the pretzels and curly fries, plant-based patrons have their pick of a selection of Beyond Meat burgers and sausages. New this season, the Out of Town Burger features a grilled Beyond Burger topped with fresh tomato slices, arugula, and red onion sandwiched between a vegan-friendly bun.
2. FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
While the Cleveland Browns haven’t had much of a winning streak, the dining options are a touchdown for the vegan crowd. Opt for the light yet filling Falafel Bowl made on a bed of romaine topped with crispy falafel, shaved onions, and a generous dollop of hummus (ask for no tzatziki). For something meatier, the Michael Symon Impossible Foods’ Thin Lizzy can be veganized by requesting no cheese and no mayo.
3. Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Eagles’ home field has been offering vegan options for years and continually steps up its game. Current offerings include buffalo falafel, roasted vegetable wraps, plant-based burgers and hot dogs, and—new this season—a Vegan Po’Boy. The unorthodox game day sandwich includes crispy seasoned tofu, lettuce, tomatoes, spicy pickles, and Creole Veganaise on a fluffy baguette.
4. Broncos Stadium, Denver, CO
The Denver Broncos pivot away from the traditional stadium fare of hot dogs and burgers to offer vegans an equally craveable option: tacos. The Vegetarian Street Tacos come with three flour tortillas stuffed with chipotle-roasted cauliflower, ranchero black beans, shredded lettuce, and pico de gallo. After you’ve polished these off, you’ll wish more stadiums served tacos.
5. Soldier Field, Chicago, IL
Da Bears serve vegan food! Fans will find the basic popcorn, Cracker Jack, pretzels, and peanuts along with a hearty vegan burger made with a Lightlife patty, shaved lettuce, and fresh tomato and onion on a vegan brioche bun.
6. Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
Hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pitt Panthers, this ketchup-sponsored stadium offers vegan eats for fans of both teams. However, you might not want to put ketchup on the latest vegan menu item. The new Quinoa Tacos feature tri-color quinoa topped with tomato, spiced garbanzo beans, and black olives (ask for no cilantro cream or queso fresco and add guac to keep you satiated through overtime).
7. US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis is swiftly becoming a vegan hot spot thanks to restaurants such as Fig+Farro, and the trend has infiltrated the city’s sporting stadiums. The Minnesota Vikings menu steers clear of vegan meat and instead features a fantastic Vegan Chickpea ‘Tuna’ Salad. Customers can order this protein-packed deli salad on pita rounds, in a sandwich, or as a salad.
8. Ford Field, Detroit, MN
Vegan fans of the Detroit Lions will eat well when cheering on their team from the stands. Plant-based options include vegetable-filled tacos and burritos at Honcho (ask for no cheese), vegan burgers and hot dogs at Wahlburgers, and one-pound baked potatoes at Mitten Mash, a mashed potato bar. Talk about carb-loading for game day.
Tanya Flink is a Digital Editor at VegNews as well as a writer and fitness enthusiast living in Orange County, CA.