Be prepared for a long walk if you want to try the vegan (and gluten-free) hot dog at the Ballpark in Arlington. The dogs are sold at the Centerfield Marketplace. A lot of online sources say it’s located in section 131, but this isn’t true. The nice usher at section 131 sounded like he was used to the question. The Centerfield Marketplace is in restaurant location 131, which doesn’t mean anything to customers. It’s a numbering system used by Ballpark facilities management. The important thing to listen to is “Centerfield” Marketplace. It’s located near, ta da!, centerfield on the ground level.
The Centerfield Marketplace is a small convenience store with healthier and gluten-free food. On one side are refrigerated cases with prepared foods and beverages. On the other side is a rolling hot dog warmer filled with smart dogs. Isn’t America a wonderful place? We snagged a fruit cup from the refrigerated case along with our hot dog.
Unless you have seats on the ground level, grab your food before you find your seats. The elevators only go up for the first innings, and it’s a lot of work to get back to ground level once you’ve gone up. Back at our seats, I bit into my hot dog loaded with ketchup and mustard and watched the Rangers hit a grand slam. It felt just like watching a game in the nosebleed seats as a kid. I loved it.