Get Ready for March Madness

Basketball and food go hand in hand!
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Arena Food!

Knowing that basketball fans really do eat more than chicken fingers, 90-wt-smothered nachos and relish-laden hot dogs (although they still love those items) it would appear that NBA owners are expanding their concession stands to include some fairly incredible edibles, a la pastrami-wrapped hot dogs at the Magics’ arena recently. A story surfaced on http://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/best-nba-arena-food-thrillist-nation, where we see stadium food launched to the 5-star galaxy. Can you imagine Seafood Nachos as you follow the moves of the New Orleans Pelicans? Yeah, us too. Or maybe Blackened Shrimp and Avocado Flatbread with the Magic? Give us strength!  

There’s another web site that will absolutely do you in, especially if you’re hungry right now. And who isn’t, right? It’s a listing of the 15 best stadiums and arenas, inclusive of basketball/football/baseball/hockey. Canada is in the mix, and so are some of the most beautiful food shots… we’re hungry. We’re so very hungry. Fenway, Boston; Lambeau, Green Bay; Century Link, Seattle; Bridgestone, Nashville… and the beat goes on at http://www.thedailymeal.com/15-best-stadiums-food-slideshow?utm_source=aol%2Bkitchen%2Bdaily&utm_medium=partner 

Go to the sites and see for yourself what’s available. Then consider season tickets. Just sayin’.

Philips Arena in HotLanta gets a special shoutout because of RED, Philips’ “first sit-down dining restaurant… open for all ticketed events from the time doors open, including all Hawks games.” We’re told that three “key design elements were incorporated to make RED’s dining experience not only unique to Atlanta, but to the arena and stadium industry at large.” You’ve got your tiered seating for great court visibility, terraced sit-down dining for great court action viewing and, a “centrally located show kitchen for guests to enjoy the excitement of chefs preparing meals.” Madness? In the best possible definition of the word. Hit http://www.philipsarena.com/arena-info/arena-food-beverage for more info.

 

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