Stadium Food Power Rankings: Detroit Lions vs. Minnesota Vikings
Mall of America Field, home to the Minnesota Vikings, has a bit more age to it than the newer Lions fortress. Built in 1982, the stadium also features a field turf, and uses 10 acres of Teflon-coated fiberglass held aloft by 20 electric fans for the roofing structure. The seating capacity sits at just less than 65,000.
The Vikings’ Mall of America Field has a few surprises up its sleeves in terms of food offerings at the stadium. Apart from unique options like the deep-fried cheese curds, Mall of America Field also offers half-pound hot dogs and bratwursts that can be served "Chicago style." The Norseman Nacho, a Viking-sized treat, fills a 64-ounce Viking souvenir bucket with tortilla chips, taco meat, cheese, diced tomatoes, jalapeños, black olives, shredded lettuce, sour cream, and salsa. Jalapeño cheese brats, 7-ounce Bavarian soft pretzels, and open pit barbecue sandwich platters served with chips also top the eating list. The Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich and the Quarterback Dog, a 4/1 all-beef hot dog, are also among the fan favorites.
Mall of America FIeld's "Chicago style" hot dog. Photo courtesy of Centerplate.
Centerplate continues to offer "Snack Smart" snack packs at each of its stadiums, as healthy-minded options for both adults and children. Made-to-order Caesar salads served with a choice of sliced sirloin beef or sliced roast turkey, as well as hand-carved sirloin beef or roasted turkey sandwiches served with side Caesar salads and either a multigrain or white butter-infused bun are available for the calorie-minded meat eater or gluten-free selector. All hot dogs and sausages are also gluten-free, and veggie burgers are offered for vegetarian fans.
Despite the competition in this matchup, we’re declaring Detroit the winner, hands down. Although the cheese curds and Viking-sized nachos are enticing, the farm-to-fork options at Ford Field have us vying for a chance to do some taste-testing. We're already dreaming about the Faygo brisket sandwich, not to mention the burger stuffed with cheese?!
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