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Stadium Foods To The Extreme

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 04: A plate of Nathan's hot dogs are seen prior to the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island on July 4, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Joey Chestnut won the men's division by successfully tying his own world record by eating 68 hot dogs in 10 minutes; he has now won the competition six years in a row.

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It’s an exciting time for sports fans with the basketball and hockey seasons in full swing and baseball season just around the corner. Watching the game can be hard work. But, thankfully, your nearby concession stand can take care of that appetite when there’s a break in the action. Every venue, of course, has a variety of options, ranging from the hearty to the healthy.

Tailgaters, known for their appetites, take full advantage, going back again and again. But how do you compare to the people who eat for a living? It’s one thing to eat a few hotdogs over an afternoon, and quite another to eat dozens of them in a few minutes. Let’s take a look at a few of the records of stadium food.

Salty Snacks

What goes better with cold beer than salty snacks like pretzels and popcorn? That’s right, more pretzels and popcorn. Even if you have the mightiest of hungers for a pretzel, even if you can polish off an entire one-pound bag before halftime, you’d probably struggle to get through the largest pretzel ever made. Tipping the scale at 842 pounds, this mammoth twist of salty dough was made in Neufahrn, Germany on September 21, 2008. It doesn’t get any easier for popcorn lovers. The largest box of it ever made was served up at the opening of a Croatian mall in 2011 and had a total volume of 1,857 ft³.

Some of us prefer our salty snacks deep fried, so let’s turn our attention to the largest order of french fries. We’ll pause here to let your mouth water a little. Made at Adventure Island in Essex, England on June 29, 2011, the serving of fries weighed over 987 pounds, easily more than three offensive lineman. Maybe Bob Shoudt, who holds the world record for most french fries consumed in 10 minutes, could make a dent in that huge portion of fried potatoes. On May 31, 2010, he shoved down 7.9 pounds of Curley’s French Fries at Curley’s Fries Eating Championship on Morey’s Piers.

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 01: Pretzels are for sale at a stand before the Opening Day game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals during the Opening Day game at U.S. Cellular Field on April 1, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Heartier Choices

Snacks are meant to stave off hunger between meals. But if snacks won’t satisfy your hunger, maybe some hot dogs, nachos and chicken wings can fill the seemingly bottomless pit you call a stomach. For competitive eating champion Joey Chestnut, an outing to the stadium could get rather expensive. He holds the world records for bratwurst and hot dog consumption. Last year he ate 70 Hillshire Farm bratwursts in September and 69 Nathan’s Hot Dogs on the Fourth of July. How would he would fare against the world’s longest hot dog, made in Paraguay in 2011 and measured at over 668 feet long? Sadly, we’ll never know.

If tubes of meat aren’t your thing, nachos are always a delicious option. In April 2012, Centerplace at the University of Kansas created the largest serving of nachos ever, weighing 4,689 pounds. And then there’s the ever-beloved chicken wings, a dish that competitive eater Patrick Bertoletti truly enjoys. He holds the record, inhaling nine pounds of them in 10 minutes on May 7, 2011 at the Boonville World Boneless Buffalo Wing Eating Championship.

Do these extreme accomplishments in stadium food inspire you to go out and set your own world record? Well,  be sure to wear pants with the stretchiest waistband possible. You’ll be happy you did.

Read about Competitive Eating.

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Alli Sands is a freelance writer. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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