UPDATED: Marlins Concession Foods: BYOF

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Lee Klein
An $8 foot-long dog
Update: Bob Pascal, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Centerplate, confirmed to us that low attendance does affect how many different types of food get sold.

"The attendance on that particular night was under 4,500, so not all of our stands were open," said Bob.   "We try to avoid equipment redundancy. This (low crowds) poses a challenge to our ability to provide the breadth of variety while managing waste. This is something we'll continue to look at, to see how we  can better protect the variety available on any given day." 


At the beginning of last baseball season, I wrote disparagingly of the foods served at Sun Life Stadium. The vendor, Centerplate, had brought in all sorts of interesting new foods to other sports venues around the country. "And what did Marlins fans come out with at Sun Life Stadium? 'Extensive facility upgrades include a new general concessions area, kitchen equipment, and refurbished carts'." I soon heard back from the Centerplate folks, who put me in touch with executive chef Orlando Morales. He claimed that the exciting changes in concession food at Sun Life had occurred earlier, to time it with the Super Bowl.

"There used to be hot dogs, popcorn, and burgers. Now it's a beautiful Stadium with lots of new flair: Latin cuisine, open flame grills, carving stations, pulled pork smoked in-house at Everglades BBQ, Carnegie Deli, a more open feel... ."

Maybe somewhere in the ballpark there is an Everglades BBQ, but sure didn't see it at last night's ballgame. All I saw were the same old overpriced hot dogs, chintzy nachos, and Papa John's pizza -- along with a few shlocky snacks sold elsewhere.

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Lee Klein
At $8, this "Philly cheesesteak" at least fills you up.
​The crowd at the game was small, so the upper deck and its' concessions were closed. We tried the hot dogs, chicken tenders basket, and Philly cheesesteak sandwich. And instead of buying $9 beers from the vendors who work the stands, we got a $7 bargain at the Grille concession. Didn't try Papa John's pizza, as we already know what that's like, or soft serve ice cream. The "Carnegie Deli" made Boar's Head sandwiches that looked a notch or three below what you would get at the deli section in Publix. Really: The food scene in this ballpark is ugly.

Only real tip to offer: The Philly sandwich, at $8 (sold at a small cart) will fill you up more than other similarly priced foods. In fact, if you're lucky it will fill you up so much that you won't need to order anything else. It's not a Philly cheesesteak per se, but it has the basic ingredients and tastes decent enough.

The Marlins lost the game in extras and looked sluggish for a young team at the beginning of the season. Maybe they've been snacking at the concessions.



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Other than pizza & ice cream, this is basically your bill of fare for the game.
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Chicken tenders ($9) were OK; fries ($4) were good, but not hot or crisp.
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The $5 dog
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Socko2u
Socko2u

The joke is on you they get or should I say you get any thing that has come out of a deep freeze you are just animals waiting for the slaughter fools to pay the price and to think it will be anything good, another overpaid player overpriced stadium just about exciting as a game!!

Woodstock127
Woodstock127

I completly love the food at Dolphin stadium. I always eat as much as possible when I go there. I have never had a bad item. Wings are juicy, Tender are crisp. Saratoga chips are wonderful. Burgers are juicy. Never had a complant!!! Hey Lee. Remember that one time when you wrote an article about a restaurant you NEVER attended. Your crediability is CRAP!!!

Bill

Paul
Paul

Everglades BBQ is near sections 150 and 149

KingChiefGator
KingChiefGator

That is one rancid weiner lmao...cant wait for the new ballpark.

linus74
linus74

I completely agree, Lee. The food is completely mediocre at SunLife/LandShark/ProPlayer/Dolphin/Joe Robbie Stadium (can we all just call it "Hooker Stadium" like Dave Barry does*?). Even the hot dogs are surprisingly bland. How do you screw up a hot dog?!?

The Marlins' new stadium can't open soon enough. For Dolphin games, I try to tailgate in the parking lot as much as possible to avoid the lousy and overpriced food in the stadium.

*http://tinyurl.com/3h23twc

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