Some stadium concession stands are hitting it out of the park for gluten-free fans. Baseball lover and G-Free Foodie has taken the guesswork out of finding the best GF eats for game day. Updated by Cindy Rice.
ATTENDING A BASEBALL GAME ISN’T JUST ABOUT THE SPORT, it’s about the experience. From the
moment you pass the scalpers outside and wade into the sea of fans swathed in home-team colors,
you’re a part of something bigger. A ballpark is one of the few places where it’s still socially acceptable to
scream in unison while waving a giant foam finger and high-fiving folks you’ve never met. It’s also where
ballpark food plays such an integral role—the song everyone sings at the seventh inning stretch
references peanuts (usually safe) and Cracker Jack (made on shared equipment, no gluten ingredients).
Of course, there’s more to ballpark food than that, especially nowadays. Along with the requisite hot
dogs, popcorn, and beer, most stadiums now offer a few favorite regional specialties, and many fans plan
their visit around what they’re going to eat. It’s as much a ritual as the rally cap (a baseball cap worn in
an unconventional way to will the team to a last-minute comeback).
While sitting in a plastic seat for many hours surrounded by people devouring giant sausages with grilled
peppers and three-cheese nachos served in plastic batting helmets is part of the ritual, subsisting solely
on bottled water and sunflower seeds shouldn’t be. Fortunately, the following baseball parks are
bringing their A game so when it’s time for that beloved mid-game stretch, gluten-free fans have much
more to sing about than roasted in-shell nuts and caramel-coated popcorn. Of course, concessions at ballparks are subject to change. Always ask questions about ingredients and potential cross-
contamination before enjoying your game-time goodies.
Also note that all according to the MLB website, most stadiums will allow outside food for individual
consumption that is carried in a backpack in clear plastic bags—no coolers. Fruit must be sliced or
sectioned and items must be eaten while at your seat. Non-alcoholic beverages that are sealed and in
clear plastic containers up to 32 ounces. are also allowed. Always check the rules at the specific venue
before the game.
Oracle Park: Home of the San Francisco Giants
Located along the eastern edge of San Francisco, with a glistening blue bay backdrop complete with
kayakers bobbing in wait for water-bound homers, this ballpark celebrates the city’s love for food—and
Check out The Garden, a section located behind the centerfield wall that houses two restaurants and a
bar surrounded by garden beds and aeroponic towers: Hearth Table’s menu is entirely gluten-free,
offering an all-beef hot dog and bun with housemade relish, seasonal salads, and flatbreads topped with
ingredients grown right there (don’t miss the housemade fennel sausage with roasted eggplant,
caramelized leeks, and goat cheese). Be aware that Hearth Table closes sometimes during low
attendance games, so always have a backup plan. Garden Table offers vegetarian and vegan items like
smoothies, soups, and salads, some of which are also gluten-free. The Garden’s bar has GF cider on tap.
GF hot dogs and buns can also be purchased at the Budweiser Brew Pub in section 112, and fresh fruit,
seafood salads, and more can be found at the Farmer’s Market Cart on the Club Level. Organic Coup in
section 133 offers gluten-free corn dogs. Mission St. Nachos has nachos and burrito bowls and nachos
grade from the Doggie Diner are available at various locations. Redbridge gluten-free beer, Ghirardelli ice
cream, hot chocolate, Gilroy garlic fries and hand-tossed caramel corn are available throughout the park.
Coors Field: Home of the Colorado Rockies
Located in the heart of Denver’s LoDo neighborhood and surrounded by shops, restaurants, brewpubs,
and mountain and city skyline views, Coors Field was the first ballpark to put in an exclusive gluten-free
stand, still located in section 143. It offers hamburgers, hot dogs, and chicken sandwiches on gluten-free
buns, and cookies, plus grilled-to-order vegetarian quesadillas. You’ll find gluten-free beer and cider
here, too. Find a refreshing frosé at the Silver Bullet Bar. Look for fresh salads at multiple locations.
Citizens Bank Park: Home of the Philadelphia Phillies
Also home to the Philadelphia Flyers hockey team, Philadelphia 76ers basketball team, and Philadelphia
Eagles football, the Phillies’ ballpark, in South Philadelphia, is one of the most hitter-friendly in baseball.
Here, gluten-free regulars go straight to the gluten-free concession stand in section 122 for real-deal GF
cheesesteak, hot dogs, pizza, cookies, brownies, and soft pretzels. Legendary Chickie’s & Pete’s, at
several ballpark locations, offers crab fries, cooked in separate fryers, that come with the requisite
cheese sauce. Redbridge beer, Angry Orchard Cider, and local favorite Hardball Cider (try the Splitter!)
are available throughout the park. Look for Caesar salad sans croutons and three-bean chili at Harry the
K’s Broadcast Bar & Grille, Philadelphia Water Ice throughout the park, and locations offering Redbridge
beer and Stella Artois Cidre.
Note: The Phillies partner with the NFCA to host an annual Celiac Awareness Night at the ballpark
Nationals Park: Home of the Washington Nationals
Surrounded by parks, restaurants, museums, a trapeze school, and the Anacostia River in Southeast
Washington, DC’s ballpark is known for its comfortable seating, river views, easy access from public
transportation, and over 20 price levels for seats, including a $9 grandstand option.
For a menu packed with safe ballpark favorites, visit the Arepa Zone in sections 148 and 304 for gluten-
free arepas (delicious South American stuffed cornmeal cakes), hard seltzer and Omission Bear. Bullpen
Tacos offers chicken street tacos and find vegetarian hot dogs (no bun) at Melissa’s Field of Greens. You
can also score white cheddar popcorn and bagged Clean Snax from Melissa’s Produce.
Dodger Stadium: Home of the Los Angeles Dodgers
The oldest Major League ballpark west of the Mississippi River, “Dodgertown” (seriously, it has its own
zip code) is located in central Los Angeles. The 56,000-seat stadium may have been built in 1962, but it’s
consistently upgraded, so there’s new lighting, scoreboards, and restaurants, and club areas recently got
new seats with USB charging stations.
Look for Mediterranean bowls on field level section 40 where there are also gluten-free fries available.
Gluten-free Dodger dogs are available at various locations and are cooked separately and clearly labeled.
Dole Whip is available at Left Field Plaza and Top Deck 4 and Minutemaid frozen lemonade, popcorn,
frozen yogurt and soft serve ice cream are offered throughout the park. Also look for Healthy Carts
offering fruit, salads, and snacks.
Target Field: Home of the Minnesota Twins
The heart of downtown Minneapolis is known as Twins Territory, where the team plays on a field with
city views, pitchers warm up in a double-decker bullpen, and fans have several GF options.
Minnie & Paul’s in section 234 serves up gluten-free whole pizza from Pizza Lucé, and the Hot Indian
Foods cart in section 120 has a chicken tikka rice bowl or salad, and a GF vegan channa. Also, there’s
Twins Dogs (skip the bun), nachos with cheese, cotton candy, popcorn, Killebrew root beer and soft-
serve ice cream throughout the park.
Petco Park: Home of the San Diego Padres
Bordered by the local trolley line and within walking distance of dozens of restaurants, bars, shops, and
pubs, this park, in downtown San Diego’s East Village, offers tons of gluten-free dining options.
Visit the Seaside Market in section 105 for GF hot dogs, pizza, beer, seasonal salads (ask which are GF),
Cucina Stella (section 104) for gluten-free pizza and look for burgundy-pepper tri-tip nachos throughout
the park. At Board & Brew Specialty Sandwiches in section 205, every sandwich can be made in a GF
wrap. Grilled fish tacos can be found at Blue Water Seafood Market and Grill (section 117). The park’s
various taco stands (like Puesto in sections 119 and 120) offer an option or two, all paletas at Holy Paleta
(section 104) are GF and Redbridge GF beer is available at all Budweiser stands. Also look for oysters
Rockefeller at Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar (section 208), garlic fries at Gaglione Brothers (sections
124 and 319), lettuce-wrapped burgers at Hodad’s (sections 104, 131, 230 and 300) and Mister Softee
T-Mobile Park: Home of the Seattle Mariners
In addition to the amazing Seattle skyline views, an umbrella-style retractable roof, and an abundance of
public artwork (including a chandelier made of 1,000 resin baseball bats above the home plate entry),
Safeco Field is known for great game views and GF options from all locations.
Gluten-free Mariners fans can enjoy Poquitos Mexican favorites at Edgar’s Cantina, located at The ‘Pen
and at Edgar’s Tacos in the 212 Club or T-Mobile ‘Pen. Both serve tacos or nachos with carne asada,
carnitas, grilled chicken, or mahi mahi. Poquitos is home to another safe local favorite: toasted
grasshoppers (chapulines) coated in chili-lime seasoning. But you’d better be quick if you want to get
your hands on those crunchy critters—only 312 orders are available per game, and they sell out fast!
Also, look for a hummus plate and salads at The Natural (section 132) and fresh-roasted peanuts
throughout the park.
Minute Maid Park: Home of the Houston Astros
The Astros, the current World Series Champions, play on a natural-grass field protected by a retractable
roof in downtown Houston, where the fans are serious about baseball and food.
Gluten-free fans can enjoy carved BBQ brisket, smoked turkey, and a BBQ baked potato bar at The
Butcher (sections 116 and 224—always check that sauce is GF.. Also, look for fresh salads, hummus, fruit
and frozen yogurt at 19th Hole in centerfield (section 156) and bunless hot dogs, hamburgers, and
sausages and crudité cups and fruit cups throughout the park.
Great American Ball Park: Home of the Cincinnati Reds
Located in the heart of Cincinnati and promising incredible views of the Ohio River, downtown Cincy, and
Mt. Adams, the home of baseball’s first professional franchise has lots to offer GF fans.
The hometown-famous Montgomery Inn BBQ has an outpost in section 139 and offers BBQ favorites
including pulled pork sandwiches, which can also be found at Porkopolis stands in sections 112, 131, and 419. Purchase sausages and hot dogs (no bun), fajita mix/sauerkraut, fries and nachos in many locations. Gluten-free buns are offered at sections 116, 132, 516 and 525. Visit any of the park’s United Diary Farmers Market stands for fresh salads and fruit. Also look for soft serve ice cream, Dippin’ Dots (no cookie dough or cookies N cream), popcorn and kettle corn throughout the park.
Kauffman Stadium: Home of the Kansas City Royals
Along with all-blue seats, a “Water Spectacular”—the largest privately funded water display in the world
—kids’ zone, high-def scoreboards, and Royals Hall of Fame, “The K” has endless GF options.
The Rivals Sports Bar in the Outfield Experience’s section 250 offers nachos, plus GF options for their
smoked pepper jack sausage, cheeseburger, and hot dog. Craft & Draft in section 301 serves signature
C&D Nuts, smokehouse fries, housemade potato chips, salads, and GF versions of their steak sandwiches
and Kobe beef burger. Custom Crust Pizza locations have an optional GF cauliflower crust. In the
Diamond Club section behind home plate, fans can enjoy slow-roasted meats, a selection of seasonal
sides (there’s always a GF option), and rotisserie chicken from the Diamond Club Rotisserie. Hot dogs,
burgers, pizza, tacos, and nachos can be ordered from the Diamond Club Pub or in-seat service. The Bats
Crown Club and in-seat service also has GF burgers and nachos, plus daily specials that always feature GF
and vegetarian options. Gluten-free beer, cider, and Brisketacho (helmet of brisket nachos) can be found
throughout the park.