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Best of 2015: #5, Food, Glorious Food

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We end 2015 with a countdown of the 10 biggest stories of the year on Ballpark Digest, as chosen by editors and partially based on page views. Today, #5: Outrageous food items are still a cornerstone promotion for most baseball teams, but 2015 saw a subtle shift toward high-end, sit-down dining at the ballpark.

In an era where many visits to a ballpark involves some sort of outrageous food offering, 2015 saw plenty of headline-generating food items from MLB, MiLB, independent and summer-collegiate teams.

But the biggest food story of 2015, in terms of reader and industry interest, wasn’t a nine-patty burger from the Philadelphia Phillies, but rather high-end offerings that featured sit-down dining of some sort and high-end ingredients. These were the three food stories of the year that generated the most interest:

As noted, we’re not arguing that food trucks be owned by every team — but planning for them can certainly enhance the ballpark experience. Sloan Park, spring home of the Chicago Cubs, was designed to host food trucks (brilliant move in the Valley of the Sun, where food trucks rule), and the Frisco RoughRiders (Class AA; Texas League) included dedicated spaces for food trucks at the State Fairway area in the Dr Pepper Ballpark renovations.

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