Stadium Food Power Rankings: Green Bay Packers vs. Chicago Bears
This week, Stadium Food Power Rankings covers the clash between the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears to find out which team's stadium has the best food
The Chicago Bears’ Soldier Field is located in Chicago (shocking, we know). With the seating capacity at just more than 61,500, it is the smallest stadium in the NFL, and although they installed AstroTurf in 1971, they switched back to natural grass in 1988. The most recent renovations in 2003 brought fans three times as many concession stands and two times as many restrooms. Now, let’s see what they serve.
Soldier Field's smoked pulled pork sandwich. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.
Popular stadium items include the smoked pulled pork sandwich, which uses pork from the Illinois Pork Producers Association that is smoked for 18 hours by the in-house barbecue team and pulled fresh the morning of the game; the prime rib sandwich, served on freshly baked focaccia bread; items from the BBQ End Zone, which serves a variety of classic barbecue entrées in a restaurant-meets-stadium environment; smoked turkey legs (that are also gluten-free); and the Italian combo sandwich, with Bobak’s Italian sausage and Vienna Italian beef.
Major stadium partnerships include Bobak Sausage Company, Vienna Beef, Eli’s Cheesecake, Prairie Farms, Nuts on Clark, Robinson’s Ribs, Mike Ditka products (bloody mary bar and wine bars), and Lezza’s Desserts.
Soldier Field's gluten free salad bar. Photo courtesy of Sportservice.
Healthier stadium options include the vegetarian and gluten-free salad bar; the hot cereal and oatmeal bar with dried fruits, fresh fruits, nuts, and other toppings (also vegetarian and gluten-free); veggie burgers; gluten-free chili; the gluten-free Build Your Own Nacho Bar; gluten-free nachos; the vegetarian and gluten-free Asian station; the gluten-free fried chicken dinner, served with gluten-free mashed potatoes and gravy; and gluten-free Red Bridge beer.
The stadium donates all unused products to the local Salvation Army to help feed the homeless. The stadium has also eliminated the use of all Styrofoam containers and cups, and keeps all cardboard and cans separate for recycling purposes.
While Chicago's tradition and history is compelling, and there’s something to be said for being the smallest stadium with the biggest gluten-free menu we’ve seen thus far, we’re going to have to name Green Bay the winner in this matchup. From Curly’s "Fan vs. Food" challenge to the Pac and Cheese, our taste buds were won over. Let’s see who takes the actual win. Tune in this Sunday at 1 p.m.
Look out for our coverage on week 16, featuring the stadium food face-off between the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins.
Tyler Sullivan is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on twitter @atylersullivan.
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