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Phils food: Not just crackerjacks

March 26, 2009 6:21:16 PM PDT
When fans flock to Citizens Bank Park this spring, they'll still be buying hot dogs, peanuts and cracker jacks, but don't forget the black bean burger.What would a game be without the Philly cheesesteak, not to mention the mac and cheese, cured meats, hoagies, wraps and, well, just about any kind of food that's so good you'd think it has to be bad for you.

"Traditionally, it used to be hot dogs and peanuts, but now it's more diverse, so people have a selection as if they're at home," Sal Fogarino of Planet Hoagie said.

Today, we got a sneak preview of what fans can munch on in 2009.

"We've got great value out there for the guests, ranging from $3 up to about $10, so something for everybody," David Lippman of Aramark Sports and Entertainment said.

But if you think consuming ball park food means expending hours worth of energy at the gym, think again.

For the last two years, Citizen's Bank Park has been voted the best ballpark for vegetarian fare and this year isn't going to be any different.

Stefan White makes a black bean burger that teases the taste buds.

"The more it looks like a regular burger, the more you'll sell," White said.

Upscale fare won't be the only thing on the menu for the 2009 season.

The Phillies will commemorate their 2008 World Series title by wearing "gold" decorated jerseys in the home opener and fans can buy the jerseys starting Friday, April 3rd at the park or on Phillies.com beginning today! And as a part of the Phillies commitment to the environment, fans can join the Red Goes Green team, which will help collect bottles and cans at the game for recycling. And volunteers get to watch the game for free!

"You know I saw a whole table of soda cans if someone could just drink those and deposit them in my mouth that would be really appreciated," a trash can at the park said. Yes, a trash can.

Remember, Opening day is Sunday, April 5th!

Go Phils!

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