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Batter up! The 2012 Major League Baseball season opened last night with the christening of the new Marlins Ballpark. The Cardinals and Miami Marlins battled it out at the 37,000-seat venue, which features a retractable roof and a view of downtown Miami — one of the reasons for the 2012 Marlins name change.
The Marlins name isn’t the only thing changing this season: Food Network and Delaware North Companies Sportservice are ushering in the start of MLB with a customizable hot dog bar, A Topping for Every Taste.
Food Network Hot Dog Bars are set to launch in Cincinnati, Cleveland, St. Louis and Texas. Satisfy your craving for all-American classic ballpark fare with a ¼-pound hot dog served on a potato roll. And it doesn’t stop there. Top your dog with The Basics: BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard, relish and sauerkraut; plus, Food Network Favorites: bacon chunks, fried onions, corn chips, griddled onions and peppers, shredded cheddar, smoky baked beans and a smoky-sweet jalapeno relish. Each stand will also feature a regional dog (more on these below), as well as a Food Network Signature Hot Dog with smoky baked beans, yellow mustard and corn chips.
Cincinnati, Milwaukee and Minnesota will hit a home run with new Food Network Stadium Favorites: Bacon Sloppy Joes and Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese. Last season’s fan-favorite Signature Steak Sandwiches, along with a locally inspired version, are still available in Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee and San Diego.
Regional hot dog offerings on the menu this season:
Pork rinds and BBQ sauce
Pulled pork and coleslaw
Red Hot Riplets, Provel and BBQ sauce
Jalapeno cheddar sauce and seasoned beef