Baseball Stadiums Bring Out the Big Dogs for 'National Hot Dog Day'

Aramark ramps up for an epic, tubular celebration.

By Ethan L. Johns
July 17, 2018

Image: Aramark

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks… and a big old hot dog, while you’re at it.

When it comes to ballpark dogs, Aramark is no stranger. With food service contracts at eight MLB venues in the United States, the company sells over four million hot dogs each year. And with July 18th being “National Hot Dog Day,” it only makes sense that an epic, over-the-top celebration would be in order.

Fans visiting Aramark-run stadiums on Wednesday will likely be delighted to find a selection of both standard, vegetarian and loaded-up hot dogs, with enough toppings to sink a submarine sandwich.

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Like, for instance, the “Foot-Long Pastrami Dog” at Citi Field in New York City is a foot-long dog, topped with classic NYC pastrami.

Or you could go to Citizens Bank Park in Philly, where the “Jersey Shore Dog” is covered in chopped-up Taylor Ham and cheese, and the “South Philly Dog” is covered in provolone, broccoli rabe and roasted red peppers.

There’s always the series of “X-Treme” dogs at Coors Field in Denver, which are topped with pulled pork, chili and cheese, among other things.

“Our chefs continue to elevate and innovate the ballpark staple, tapping in to local flavors, food trends and fan feedback, to ensure our menus offer the perfect hot dog for everyone,” said Aramark’s president of sports and entertainment in a statement.

With all those toppings and extras, sounds like the hot dog vendors’ special boxes are going to weigh even more than the standard 30 pounds. Only the heaviest dogs on National Hot Dog Day.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns