At the very end of last of the MLB season last year, Turner Field, home of the Atlanta Braves, introduced a gluten-free food cart. The problem was that since the team wasn’t doing that well at the time (Atlantans are VERY finicky sports fans) and there were only about ten games left, not many people were aware that the food cart existed. The few people that were lucky enough to check it out, raved about how great it was to have a gluten-free hotdog – with a bun – at a baseball game again! They had Redbridge gluten-free beer there as well.
It’s really exciting news that the gluten-free food cart will again be at Turner Field for the 2010 season! The menu will be similar to last year’s, offering chicken sandwiches, hot dogs and burgers with gluten-free buns, several snacks and a gluten-free treat. The photo shown is from last year so the items offered this year may differ slightly from what is shown. As long as Redbridge is available from the local distributor, it will also be available at the park. Many people in this area are aware that Publix stores dropped Redbridge from their beer line up, but the store managers can order it in as a special request item for gluten-free shoppers. Anheiser-Busch continues to report that rumors about them discontinuing Redbrdidge are unfounded.
Redbridge can be purchased at the 100 and 200 level Taverns, the Chophouse, the 755 club, in suites, at club level bars and the gluten-free food cart. Aramark, the company that runs the concessions at Turner Field (and tons of other sports and entertainment venues worldwide), listened to their gluten-free fans and stepped up to the plate! Opening day at Turner Field is April 6th. Hopefully, gluten-free Braves fans will go out and support their hometown team and the gluten-free food cart soon! It’s located in section 106, which gluten-free fans might want to consider when purchasing their tickets. The stadium is quite large, after all.
Interestingly, last year the prices for gluten-free items really were not that different from the gluten versions sold at the park. Redbridge beer was only $1 more than the same size gluten beers. That said, ball park prices are generally high anyway, which probably explains the relatively small price increase for gluten-free items. The people preparing the food for the gluten-free food cart are trained in cross contamination issues. The actual cart does not offer any gluten containing foods so there is no risk of problems there.
The Gwinnett Braves will also offer Redbridge again this year – and gluten-free buns at one hot dog stand! Fans can buy Redbridge inside Niekro’s restaurant, which is to the right as you enter the stadium. Most large sports stadiums in the U.S. will offer gluten-free beer at baseball games this year and many will offer gluten-free food choices as well. Check the website of the stadium near you to see what is offered in your area. Here is some information about many stadiums from last season.