Editor's note: The following news release was submitted by Gillette Stadium for publication.
New England Patriots fans weren’t the only ones who noticed when Gillette Stadium announced this year that it had revamped and rebranded each of its 38 permanent concessions stands.
With the new menu offerings, PETA Prime, a website from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), has ranked Gillette Stadium second on its annual list of vegetarian friendly stadiums.
In a post on the website, PETA highlights the stadium’s “mouthwatering vegetarian options,” calling out new menu items such as black-bean burgers, grilled portobello mushroom burgers, and grilled veggie flatbread wraps.
“We wanted the new menus to reflect the changing taste of our guests,” said James Nolan, Gillette Stadium Senior Vice President of Operations, Administration and Finance. “Our research suggested that our fans were seeking more vegetarian options. They have been some of our best sellers.”
Other vegetarian options available at Gillette Stadium concession stands include veggie burgers, veggie hot dogs, veggie burritos, fruit plates and fresh salads.
Patriots fans hoping to try some of the vegetarian menu items will have ample opportunity in December. The Patriots play at home for three of their final four games of the 2012 regular season, beginning with a Monday Night Football showdown with the AFC's top seed - the Houston Texans - on Dec. 10 in Foxborough.
Gillette Stadium ranked fourth on PETA's list in 2011.