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ARA DELIVERS THE LATEST PITCH IN BALLPARK FOOD

 ARA DELIVERS THE LATEST PITCH IN BALLPARK FOOD
 PHILADELPHIA, April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Just like the design of the


new Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, ARA Services has gone to great lengths to mix the traditional with the innovative in a way that is unique in the country's stadiums.
 Their effort has produced a multi-leveled food service facility that represents a new trend in ballpark food service.
 Well, thanks to ARA, that unbeatable combination of the traditional and the new won't just be found on the Chesapeake Bay this season. ARA provides the food service at five major league parks around the country, including the new Baltimore stadium.
 "In each park, ARA has worked with the team and stadium officials to put together a menu that combines fan favorites with the latest in delicious stadium cuisine," said Joseph Neubauer, chairman of ARA. "We also have developed facilities and service systems that are setting the pace for stadium food service in the 90s."
 ARA not only had a chance to put together the menu at the new park for the Baltimore Orioles, they also helped design the "Deli Stations," "The Taste of Maryland" and other food service venues that offer a wide variety of the expected and the unexpected.
 "Fans will really be pleased," said Jay Boyle, ARA's general manager at Oriole Park. "There's a full-service Deli and a Grille Works to complement the foods usually associated with a ballpark, like hot dogs, pretzels and peanuts."
 In addition, ARA will operate two fine-dining restaurants at the stadium. Or fans can also stop down to "Boog's Corner" and enjoy some barbecued specialties served up by former Oriole great Boog Powell.
 At Wrigley Field in Chicago, ballpark food means hot dogs. Last year, Cub fans might have set a major league record when they ate 1.2 million wieners.
 The Bleacher Bums at Wrigley will have even more to pick from this year. A neighborhood favorite, Maxwell Street Polish Sausage, will become a regular in the stands. And a new item has been added to reflect changing tastes.
 "This year we have a fried chili stick -- a kind of burrito popsicle -- that I know they re going to love," said John Doncrank, ARA general manager at Wrigley.
 One of the newest things at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh this summer is for the newest fans. The "Kidsession Stand" will cater to young Pirate fans by serving junior hot dogs, fruit juices, kid's cones and specialty candies like gummy bears.
 And for full-sized Pirate fans, vendors will be hawking a new treat and reintroducing an old one. Hot, fresh-dough individual pizzas will be sold throughout the ballpark. And for the first time in years, hot dogs will be sold in the stands at Three Rivers. Thanks to a technological advancement.
 "We invested in a lot of new equipment," said Tim Lawlor, ARA general manager. "Our vendors will be carrying heated carriers which will let us serve fresh, hot food in every section."
 Alton Hutchinson, general manager for ARA at Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, is putting the old and new together as well as anybody. Last year, ARA unveiled a full food court on the first level behind home plate to provide easy access for the Braves' faithful.
 It worked so well that ARA put in another food court on the second level for this season. Fans can hit the Grille Works for hot beef and chicken sandwiches, an Itza Pizza stand for carry-away pies, Leghorn's for fried and broiled chicken, and Gretel's bakeshop for warm cookies and muffins. Vended foods include traditional food like popcorn and Cracker Jack, as well as individual pizzas in thermal carriers.
 Classic cuisine from the Lone Star State will be the new attraction at Arlington Stadium this summer. Texas Ranger fans will get a "Taste of Texas" featuring real Texas barbecue, a chicken fried sandwich and fajitas. Of course fans will still be able to find a hot dog with mustard.
 "We make sure you can get what you've always liked at ballparks all over the country. It's just that here we add a little Texas flair," said ARA General Manager Jim Fischer.
 ARA Services manages the food service and retail merchandising for many of the nation's most popular stadiums, arenas, racetracks, national parks and ski resorts. ARA Services is a privately held company based in Philadelphia, with nearly $5 billion in sales.
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