Looking east from the Lofts of Merchants Row, one can glimpse various elements of Comerica Park and its retro architecture, located just a few blocks north of our front door along Woodward Avenue. Soon, the light towers will come to life and the roar of capacity crowds will reverberate throughout the downtown area. The home opener is set for Friday, April 9th vs. the Cleveland Indians. Click here for the complete 2010 schedule.
If you’re like us, you’re looking forward to the thrill of the competition, the ambience of the ballpark and—the food!
According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council (NHDSC), 63 percent of baseball fans listed hot dogs as the one ballpark food they could not live without. Peanuts ranked a distant second with 18 percent, followed by pizza, cotton candy and, finally, cracker jacks. An astounding 88 percent of those polled said they have eaten or will eat a hot dog at a sporting event this year.
A recent poll conducted by NHDSC ranked hot dogs at Detroit’s Comerica Park third behind Wrigley Field in Chicago and Yankee Stadium in New York.
The council estimates Americans eat 7 billion hot dogs during peak season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. That’s 818 hot dogs per second. Much of that consumption occurs at various sporting events. Research from the council’s annual MLB ballpark survey released on Opening Day shows that professional ballparks alone will sell 30 million hot dogs this season. That’s enough to round the bases 41,667 times–enough to stretch from Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., to AT&T Park in San Francisco.