Industry News | June 27, 2008

Hot Dogs Remain Summer Favorite

According to new data from 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.

The Chicago and New York hot dog rivalry only intensified as Wrigley Field and Yankee Stadium tied as home of the best stadium hot dog. Boston's legendary Fenway Park came in second, Detroit's Comerica Park took third, and Dodger's Stadium in Los Angeles ranked fourth.

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.

For comparison, over seven home football games last season, The University of Notre Dame sold 92,841 hot dogs--for an average of 13,263 per game. During their biggest game against University of Southern California (USC) 14,888 hot dogs were sold. That's comparable to the 15,000 sold on opening day at Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia, but keep in mind Citizen's Bank Park holds 43,500 fans, and Notre Dame Stadium 80,795!

Hot dog vendors walk an average of four to five miles per game, up and down stairs, carrying their roughly 40-pound bin. They work on commission and tips, so they move fast. An average baseball hot dog vendor sells approximately 150 hot dogs per game and 10,000 to 12,000 hot dogs per season.

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