Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Mocking the List: Top Ten Hot Dog Eating Ballparks in the U.S.

Here is a list I never thought existed: Top Ten Hot Dog Eating Ballparks in the U.S.

Let's take a look:
Top Ten Hot Dog Eating Ballparks in the U.S. (2004)

1. Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles Dodgers) 1.61 million
2. Coors Field (Colorado Rockies) 1.5 million
3. Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs) 1.47 million
4. Yankee Stadium (New York Yankees) 1.3 million
5. Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros) 1.2 million
6. Angel Stadium (Los Angeles Angels) 1.1 million
7. Ameriquest Field (Texas Rangers) 996,000
8. Metrodome (Minnesota Twins) 883,500
9. Jacobs Field (Cleveland Indians) 595,000
10. Camden Yards (Baltimore Orioles) 400,000

Fascinating. Well, actually it's not all that fascinating.

OK, I did find it fascinating that Houston named their baseball team after the Jetson's dog. Other than that it is pretty boring.

That is until you look at THIS list:

Top Ten Ballparks in the U.S. by Attendance (2004)

1. Yankee Stadium (NY Yankees) 3,775,292
2. Dodger Stadium (LA Dodgers) 3,488,283
3. Angel Stadium (LA Angels) 3,375,677
4. Citizen's Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies) 3,206,532
5. SBC Park (San Francisco Giants) 3,258,864
6. Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs) 3,170,184
7. Minute Maid Park (Houston Astros) 3,087,872
8. Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals) 3,048,427
9. Petco Park (San Diego Padres) 3,040,046
10. SAFECO Field (Seattle Mariners) 2,940,731

Now I see something interesting!

Let's see that attendance list again:
1. NY Yankees
Still, with all that attendance they are only #4 in hot dogs! New Yorkers. I bet if there was a list of Ten Ten Hot Dog Stealing Ballparks they would rank pretty high. I know all about the rampant crime in that city, I saw Spiderman.
2. LA Dodgers
#1 in hot dogs.
3. LA Angels
Sure they are confused and think they aren't actually in Anaheim, 45 minutes from L.A., but that should not excuse them being ONLY #6 in hot dogs!
4. Philadelphia
Doesn't even RANK in the top ten in hot dogs. It's no wonder the Phillie Phanatic has a hot dog launcher. They can't SELL the hot dogs, so they give 'em away.
5. San Francisco
Not on the list in terms of hot dogs. Pathetic. I shall take a moment to assert my hatred for San Francisco thusly: Stupid, stupid San Francisco. You don't buy enough hot dogs. Why does anyone like San Francisco anyway? All they have is a big red bridge! Bridges are everywhere in the world. No one else gets all excited about theirs! We just pay a toll and cross them. But you act like you are all so special because of your stupid bridge. Next time you plan on opening your mouth to talk about your stupid bridge, I hope someone sticks a hot dog in it. Stupid San Francisco.
6. Chicago Cubs
Eating more than their share, they are #3 in hot dogs.
7. Houston
Houston, we have no problem. #5 in hot dogs.
8. St. Louis
9. San Diego
10. Seattle
Slackers all three of you cities that start with an "s", none of you made the hot dog list!

This list certainly creates more questions than it answers, for instance:

Colorado Rockies are home to the second biggest hot dog buying audience in the major leagues, yet they are only 15th in attendance. They had 2.3 million customers in 2004. They sold 1.5 million hot dogs. I was never good at math, but I think that's like 23 hot dogs per person.

Coloradans are gluttons.

Lastly, no one should be surprised that the Dodgers lead this list. The Dodger Dog is about as famous the Big Mac (or at least the Filet O Fish) and I imagine many fans just buy that hot dog out of tradition. You HAVE to have a Dodger Dog.

Otherwise it would be like going to Minute Maid Park and not seeing George Jetson and his dog.


  1. I wonder what would happen if I found out the top nacho selling parks and then cross referenced it with this list? Would a spike in nacho sales represent a dip in hot dog sales? Or would people just think I was a loser for caring about such things?

  2. Anonymous8/10/2005

    I can't belive the Mets did not make the list! I eat a dog everytime I go there! They seem to be hot sellers!

  3. Anonymous8/10/2005

    Interesting, I thought that weiners were very very very popular in San Fransisco.

    Hot Dogs get your Hot Dogs here (this one was taylor made for me!)

  4. Anonymous8/10/2005

    The Astros are a baseball team. You should mention that.

  5. Anonymous8/10/2005

    Hey vendor! Toss me a dog and I will hit it - outta the park!!!

    Whooo I hit that one outta the park!

  6. Geez, I can't remember the last time I had a hot dog. Or went to a baseball game, for that matter.

  7. "Swetie Fan" that would make a good poll:

    B)Sporting Event
    C)Theme Park

    My answers are:
    A)Pretzel bites
    B)Hot dog
    C)GIANT Turkey legs (Disneyland)

    Now, everyone must answer or else I will no longer consider you friends.

  8. Anonymous8/10/2005

    You should make this a poll.
    People could answer the following:
    B)Sporting Event
    C)Theme Park

  9. Anonymous8/10/2005


  10. Anonymous8/10/2005

    A)Red Vines
    B)footlong hot dog
    C)dunno. I guess ice cream

  11. Anonymous8/10/2005

    a)Curry Chicken baguette from local bakery Pierres. Has to be smuggled into cinema.
    b)HotDog and fries. Purchased at same time.

  12. Anonymous8/10/2005

    a) popcorn
    b) none
    c) Depends on the theme park, but it's usually cotton candy

    I also wanted to point out that Denver probably ranks so high in dogs because visitors are trying to get the awful beer taste out of their mouth.

  13. A. Sloppy Nachos
    B. Hot Pretzel
    C. Any variation of meat on a stick

  14. Anonymous8/10/2005

    Thanks CRAIG,
    Now I'm starving.

    a) beer
    b) beer
    c) beer

  15. Anonymous8/11/2005

    Gene O' Hack, that explains why my hot dogs taste so funny. I'll remember to by the Hackman free ones next time.

    Has anyone ever been to an independent theater that serves weird snacks, like rice crispy squares, fruit and cookies? Those places creep me out. Plus their popcorn is always stale.