After what has seemed like an incredibly long winter, opening day of the Iron Pigs 2011 has finally arrived. The staff at Coca Cola Park has been preparing during the off season to make this another memorable year of Triple A baseball. If you are planning on attending opening day or any other games this season, take a stroll around the 360° concourse and check out new additions such as the German Bier Garten located along the concourse behind home plate.
Pig Out! is the theme for the 2011 season, and you can certainly do that at Coca Cola Park. There is an array of food options and even the pickiest of eaters is bound to find something to his/her liking. Each season the Iron pigs expand their menu offerings and this year is no exception with a couple of notable additions being the Ice Cream stand and The Gyro Company both which are located along the ATT plaza adjacent to the Blast Furnace Grill.
In addition to the newcomers many of your old favorites have returned as well. I would like to mention one of my favorites in particular, the Philly Pretzel Factory. Although there are many choices at Coca Cola Park for food, I am a purist when it comes to game day fare and am quite happy with a burger or hot dog. A must have for me during every game is a pretzel. The Iron Pigs do vend pretzels from their various fixed concessions and mobile stands, but if you are looking for a true ball park pretzel head over to either of the two Philly Pretzel concessions along the CCP concourse (right field just beyond the Bud Light Trough and along third base near the Jaindl Turkey stand). The Iron Pigs sell the Super Pretzel brand pretzels from their concessions for roughly the same price as the Philly Pretzel Factory’s twist pretzel. The Super Pretzels in my opinion are ok if that is your only option but often they are dry and bland (especially if sales are slow and they have been under the heat lamp all game). For a more authentic ball park experience the Philly Pretzel is the surefire way to go. They come in two varieties (keep your eyes open for special varieties throughout the season like the cheese steak stuffed pretzel) the Philly Twist and the Rivets. A Philly Twist will run you $3 and the Rivets which are smaller bite sized portions and are great for sharing are $5 per box. The Philly Pretzels are consistently fresh, soft, tasty and warm when you get them. They have quickly become a fan favorite amongst the Coca Cola Park faithful. The Philly Pretzel twist is also much larger than the Super Pretzel so you are getting more bang for your buck which is important especially when bringing the family to the ball park.
By now you are probably asking yourself, what does this have to do with the Rollergirls? Mr. Bert Charlie the owner of the Philly Pretzel concessions at Coca Cola Park and the Philly Pretzel retail outlet located on Hanover Ave in Allentown has graciously offered to donate $1 for every unit sold at Coca Cola Park to the Lehigh Valley Rollergirls! That’s right, simply order your pretzel as usual and mention the words ‘roller’ or ‘Rollergirls’ and he will donate $1 of the purchase price to LVRG. This offer applies all available regular priced items for sale during the game. Since you are already planning on purchasing a delicious Philly Pretzel why not mention the Rollergirls while you’re at it? It involves nothing extra on your part and the potential benefits are huge. The LVRG is a non-profit wholly self funded team that provides opportunities for women to engage in healthy athletic competition while promoting self esteem and empowerment for women of all ages. That’s a pretty great cause in my humble opinion.
The promotion is already in effect I tested it at Tuesday’s 222 Showcase exhibition game. I assumed that I would have to go into a lengthy explanation to the employee about the fundraiser, but that was not the case! Bert has alerted his entire staff and they are keeping track of every unit sold on behalf of the Rollergirls. Many thanks to Bert Charlie for being a man of his word and also for offering to assist LVRG! Buy a pretzel, support the Rollergirls and enjoy the game!
Philly Pretzel Factory website: http://www.phillysoftpretzelfactory.com/