Fans Expected to Consume More Than 20 Million Hot Dogs in 2013
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It's opening day, and as Major League Baseball teams kick off their season, fans are flocking back to ballparks across the nation. No game is complete without a trip to the concession stand, and if there's one ballpark treat baseball fans continue to relish, it's hot dogs.
The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates that baseball fans will consume 20,421,361 hot dogs over the course of the 2013 season. That's enough hot dogs to round the bases 28,113 times. It's also enough to feed all 56,000 fans at Dodger Stadium, Major League Baseball's largest stadium, for 361 straight home games.
"Fans have always enjoyed coming to the game and having a hot dog," said National Hot Dog and Sausage Council President and "Queen of Wien" Janet Riley. "Hot dogs and baseball go together perfectly. For a few hours, people have the chance to relax and be a kid again."In terms of hot dog consumption, the Los Angeles Dodgers knock the competition out of the park. The Dodgers will sell an estimated 2,475,000 hot dogs and reclaim the top spot after an upset last year from the Texas Rangers. Behind the Dodgers are the Boston Red Sox with 1.5 million hot dogs, the Rangers with 1,332,668, the Detroit Tigers with 1,300,000 and the Yankees with 1,000,000. Overall, seven teams are expected to sell more than 1 million hot dogs. When it comes to sausage, the Milwaukee Brewers, home of the Klement's sausage race at every home game, are still the only team projected to sell more sausages than hot dogs. However, The Red Sox have claimed the title of sausage kings from the Brewers with an estimated 421,200 sausages. The Red Sox are followed by the Mets with 405,000, and the Giants, Nationals, Tigers and Brewers tied with 400,000. Overall, fans are expected to consume more than 6,133, 722 sausages this season.