Hot on the heels of a new study showing men living nearly a decade longer on a vegetarian diet than their meat-eating counterparts (vegetarian women average nearly 7 years longer), comes PETA’s 2012 Top 5 Vegetarian-Friendly NFL Stadiums.
For the third year in a row, Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles, took home the top prize – with kudos from the animal rights org for their animal-friendly selection of grub; including mock-steak sandwich, a “chicken-steak” sandwich, a seitan brisket, and veggie burgers and dogs.
“Football is played with a ball called a “pigskin” (often erroneously), but folks who are fans of both team sports and animals will find a growing variety of cruelty-free foods to enjoy on game day at arenas throughout the NFL,” writes PETA’s Jeff Mackey. “So even if your team is stuck in the basement this year, you can still score a victory for animals way up in the cheap seats by hitting up the concession stand for some vegan goodies!”
It’s worth noting that its not only the food that’s green at Lincoln Financial – but the stadium as a whole is also the most environmentally-friendly in the NFL. Back in 2010, management announced that the entire stadium would be going off-grid with a combination of wind turbines, solar (2,500 panels), and a 7.6 MW co-generation biodiesel/natural gas plant. The $30M project is in addition to the extensive recycling and composting program that’s in place. Even the beer cups are made from corn-plastic.
So congrats to Philly for continuing to show the rest of the NFL how easy it is to not only promote good health for the fans, but also the environment. To see the other cities that made PETA’s top 5 list, jump here.
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