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The No. 1 selling food item at CenturyLink Field is a classic: The Vienna all-beef Chicago-style hot dog.
But this season, that old ballpark standby is facing some new competition as local favorites take up residence at the stadium, reflecting the diverse tastes of this fan base, city and neighborhood.
The message? Eat Local. Hyperlocal.
"We've tried to create a little taste of Seattle within the walls of the stadium," said Eric Kornbluth, General Manager of Seattle Sportservice. "We can't just do hot dogs and soda and beer anymore, because people do expect more of an experience. And that's what we want to deliver."
Of course, you can still get a classic hot dog. But you could also try a bacon bratwurst with grilled onions and cream cheese, one of three sausages created exclusively for CenturyLink Field by Uli's Famous Sausage, a longtime staple of Pike Place Market.
"Seattle is a really food-centric city, so it's important for us to continue to evolve to the palates of our guests," said Zach Hensley, Managing Director of Guest Experience at CenturyLink Field.
To that end, check out what's new at CenturyLink Field this season – and come hungry.
Uli's Famous Sausage
Choose from three exclusive sausages, all locally manufactured and distributed: a Polish Kielbasa served with curry kraut; a bacon sausage with grilled onions, BBQ sauce and cream cheese; and a mild Italian sausage with peppers and parmesan cheese. Uli's will be featured on brand new carts in the stadium (Sections 139 & 309), as well as in the Local Butcher stand on the Club Level.
Rain Shadow Meats
Speaking of local butchers, this Pioneer Square favorite adds a new sandwich to its stadium lineup: a tri-tip sandwich dressed with caper aioli, rosemary grilled onions and arugula on a Macrina Bakery Francese roll. Bonus: The meat will be smoked on site in the stadium's new smoker. (Section 116)
Kau Kau BBQ
For years, Seahawks fans have lined up outside Kau Kau for a roasted pork rice bowl. This year, get the barbecue restaurant's signature dish inside the stadium at a new stand, which will also offer chicken rice bowls, chicken pot stickers and noodle soups. (Section 139)
Hue Ky Mi Gia
Another taste of the International District gets its own stand at CenturyLink Field, serving pork fried rice, vegetable chow mein and chicken egg rolls. (Section 323)
Grab and Go Market
Kombucha in a football stadium? Believe it. These convenient grab-and-go markets feature healthier fare, including house-made salads and vegetarian and gluten-free options. Hummus? Check. Quinoa? Yes. (Section 111)
Meat-lovers, we've got you covered. The basic burger gets an upgrade with local, grass-fed sustainable ground beef and Tillamook cheddar cheese on an Essential Bakery Brioche bun and hand-cut fries. (Sections 204 & 240)
Executive Chef Seisuke Kamimura treks about 18 miles around the stadium on game day, tasting and checking on everything. His current favorite? "Right now, it's the brisket. We've been tweaking it, trying it with different rubs." Try the Kinder's Tequila Lime Rub on the house-smoked St. Helens Beef Brisket Sandwich or the Carlton Farms Pulled Pork Sandwich. (Section 306)
Check out some of the new food items offered at CenturyLink Field for the 2015 season.