Because of its endless supply of vegan Sloppy Joes, veggie burgers, vegan sushi, grilled veggie sandwiches and hummus-and-pita plates, the people-pleasing People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals have certified Staples Center as a “slam dunk for fans, no matter which team they’re rooting for.”
Translation: The place is No. 1 among NBA arenas on the PETA Top 10 rankings. Especially when the Lakers or Clippers are playing the Brooklyn Dolphin-Safe Nets.
Staples Center, whose “proud” concession sponsors includes McDonald, Farmer John and California Pizza Kitchen, does not offer the veggie dog, which is offered at places such as Toronto’s Air Canada Centre and Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Nonetheless, Staples was ranked ahead of those two who chose to veg out in their own ways.
Following in rank are Milwaukee’s Bradley Center (which also has PBJ sandwiches), Oakland’s Oracle Arena (try the Vietnamese ginger-garlic tofu sandwich), Portland’s Rose Garden (a natural — stir-fried soy strips with pineapple and teriyaki sauce, plus, of course, granola and protein shakes), Chicago’s United Center, San Antonio’s AT&T Center (how about a vegan apple turnover), Indiana’s Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Detroit’s Palace at Auburn Hills.
New York’s Madison Square Garden could only garnish honorable mention for having felafel, veggie sushi and edamame. Tough cookies, those PETA judges.
PETA’s NBA rankings come on the non-leather heels of sizing up the MLB ballparks (Dodger Stadium was No. 5 and Angel Stadium was No. 7, although the later has an outstanding California cucumber roll) and NFL stadiums (surprisingly, Lambeau Field is not No. 1, but Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field, with its “mock steak” sandwich).