This week marks the final week in the NFL regular season, and our coverage spans three final matchups: the Washington Redskins' FedEx Field versus the Dallas Cowboys' Cowboys Stadium, the Philadelphia Eagles' Lincoln Financial Field versus the New York Giants' MetLife Stadium, and the matchup featured here, the Oakland Raiders' O.co Coliseum versus the San Diego Chargers' Qualcomm Stadium. With our record at nine wins and nine losses, we are anxious to see how we’re looking as we head into the playoffs, and creep ever-closer to the Super Bowl finale in New Orleans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
O.co Coliseum was filled for the first time in September 1966, when the Raiders played against the chiefs Kansas City Chiefs. In 1995, the Coliseum underwent an extensive renovation, adding 22,000 new seats, 90 luxury suites, two private clubs, and two state-of-the-art scoreboards. Based in Oakland, Calif., the team is 4-10 this season, and it's looking like a win this week might be a challenge, seeing as how their matchup with San Diego went back in September. But let’s see if Oakland's food has what it takes to beat out San Diego this week, and maybe carry through to a team win overall.
O.co Coliseum's Cholula Kalua Nacho. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Unique items / Variety / Presentation
Fan favorites at O.co begin with the Cholula Kalua Nacho, made with Cholula hot sauce-seasoned pork, avocado sour cream, and pico de gallo. The Long Bomb Bratwurst comes in second, made of a 1-pound, 20-inch seasoned pork sausage with onion-bacon jam and brown mustard-mayonnaise sauce served on a grilled sourdough baguette, followed closely by the Tailgate Dog, a hot dog topped with chili, macaroni and cheese, jalapeños, and ketchup; and the new 1-pound, 24-inch Bavarian bratwurst, which is served on a grilled sourdough baguette and brushed with garlic butter.
Highlighting the theme we’re seeing here of lots of pork and sausage, a major partnership of the stadium includes Saags Sausages. (Our mouths are watering already…)
The Long Bomb Bratwurst at O.co Coliseum. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
O.co Coliseum's Tailgate Dog. Photo courtesy of Aramark.
Healthy / Organic / Allergy-Minded Options
Ranked as the number three most vegetarian-friendly NFL stadium in 2012 by PETA, O.co offers a slew of vegetarian favorites, including a black bean burger, Texas toast grilled cheese sandwich, burrito bowl, veggie burritos, veggie burgers, veggie hot dogs, fresh fruit salad, and vegan desserts.
It seems it's not just pork and sausage on the menu after all.