Baseball isn’t the only thing returning to Cactus League ballparks

GOODYEAR, Ariz.— Every stadium in the Cactus League has its own specialty foods that baseball fans look forward to every year.  From A-Z, here’s the 2017 ballpark food starting line-up according to AZCentral‘s Megan Janetsky and Kellie Hwang.

Camelback Ranch’s famous macaroni and cheese served in baseball helmets with a wide variety of toppings is on the menu for 2017 as well as 18-inch pizza slices, and Wok Off Noodles & Rice.

Hohokam Park will serve their signature “Mustache Pretzels” and the Bay Area favorite Ike’s Place Love and Sandwiches, where you can get a freshly made signature sandwich.

Goodyear Ballpark is serving the fan-favorite foot-long “Taquito Dogs,” half-pound “Mac & Cheese Burgers,” and 2-pound Bavarian pretzels for the 2017 season.

Fried Cheese Curds photo

Maryvale Baseball Park will serve Fried cheese curdsfor the first time in the 2017 season, accompanied by “Bratcho,” fresh-fried kettle chips topped with bratwurst slices and nacho cheese.

Peoria Sports Complex photo

Peoria Sports Complex has options including gyros, barbecue, noodles, Mexican food, kettle corn and yogurt.  Every game, fans can upgrade to the All You Can Eat Deck on the second level terrace. The deck menu includes hot dogs, sodas and a themed menu for every day of the week.

Talking Stick Mega Dog photo

At Salt River Fields the 2017 season has seen the return of the “Talking Stick Mega Dog.” The Mega Dog is a foot-long, half-pound, hot dog topped with pulled pork and green chili mac and cheese. It’s accompanied by the “Sonoran Dog,” a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with pico de gallo, ranch beans, and a drizzle of mayonnaise.  Newcomers to the stadium in 2017 are Ike’s Love & Sandwiches and Maui Wowi smoothies.

Scottsdale Stadium photo

Scottsdale Stadium will feature their signature carnitas, carne asada and pollo street tacos, along with traditional brats, nachos, and the ballgame classic, the Sonoran Dog. The Sonoran Dog is a bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with pineapple pico de gallo, guacamole and a lime wedge.

Inside Sloan Park a citrus grove hosts food trucks each game with returning favorites like Giordano’s Pizza, Hot Doug’s and Portillo’s brands, straight from Chicago.

Surprise Stadium will serve its “Triple Play” burger dog, an all-beef hot dog and hamburger wrapped in bacon along with roasted corn on the cob with an assortment of seasonings, Chuckie’s fried pork tenderloin sandwich, puffy tacos, elephant ears and shaved ice.

Tempe Diablo stadium hosts more than a dozen vendors during spring training, but fans are also allowed to pack soft backpacks (smaller than 16 inches by 16 inches) filled with food prepared at home and each person is also allowed one sealed bottled water.

M.K. Killen


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