NFL stadiums across the country have been at work creating unique eats they hope will score a sales touchdown. From family-friendly fried chicken to an item crafted by a James Beard Award winner, these foods aim to keep fans coming back for more.
1. The other pigskin
Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers, added a twist to the traditional baked potato with “The Pigskin,” a bacon-wrapped baked potato served at the Wisconsin stadium’s new bacon-theme concession stand. The potato is topped with chili, chopped bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream, chives and bacon-crusted cheese curds, and served with a side of bacon-ranch dressing.
3. Haute handheld
For the upcoming season, Aramark asked local chefs to provide unique menu items at some of the stadiums it serves. One such item is chef Jimmy Bannos Jr.’s Purple Pig Gyro, offered at Chicago’s Soldier Field. Bannos, a James Beard Award winner and owner of The Purple Pig in Chicago, tops this housemade gyro with seasoned tomato salad and tzatziki sauce.
4. Chicken for the whole team
To draw in hungry families, Wings of Honor, a new chicken shop at University of Phoenix Stadium, will be offering a Family Chicken Combo. The $35 family pack includes six pieces of fried chicken and a pound of french fries served in a souvenir box. Sean Kavanaugh, executive chef at Rojo Hospitality Group, the Glendale, Ariz., stadium’s food provider, told The Arizona Republic that the combo has been a crowd pleaser during training camp and is expected to be a family favorite throughout the season.