As a Tampa Bay Rays fan, this one hits close to home!
The franchise known as much for its attendance, or lack thereof, as it is for baseball has come up with yet another clever marketing scheme to drive up numbers. This time, they are going after the hearts of bay area baseball fans through their bellies. The Rays have officially released their “Fan Vs Food” burger promotion.
That’s right, this burger weighs and astounding four pounds! Throw in a pound of french fries and that stomach ache is well worth a couple of tickets and t-shirts. The promotion, which is being held at the Everglades Brewhouse located inside of Tropicana Field is a revamp of a promotion which has been going on for a while.
According to the Tamp Bay website, the Rays “Fan Vs Food” challenge, was rated the “#1 Thing Every Floridian Should Try in 2011” by Metromix Tampa Bay. In that version of “Fan Vs Food” the burger was only a two-pound burger including with four 8oz. patties, sixteen slices of bacon, four slices of cheese on a bun. Simple math would lead us to believe this version is double that monstrosity, plus a pound of french fries!
If you are looking for a non gut-busting meal, the Brewhouse seems to have you covered as well.
Via a press release from Centerplate, the hospitality partner to the Tampa Bay Rays”
"Centerplate has unveiled new menus to open 2014 at a newly-renovated Tropicana Field. On opening day, fans will find a mix of baseball food classics and new menu items showcasing Southern culture and the new facility upgrades, including re-designed concepts for “The Porch in Center Field,” an open deck overlooking center field in the former location of Everglades BBQ restaurant, which includes a 40-foot long bar featuring local made craft beers from St. Petersburg and Tampa."
Among the highlights on the new Evergaldes Brewhouse menu are comfort food classics like “Bangin’ Shrimp” and fried bologna sliders. other highlights on the menu include The Roadhouse Reuben, House-made Smoked Beef Jerky, and Old Fashioned Deviled Eggs. Even better, if you are sick of drinking beer at the ball game, you can grab a “Roadhouse Moonshine”. An “Old-fashioned bourbon and country-style lemonade served in a mason jar with a house-smoked bacon strip swizzle.”
I’ve been meaning to take a trip home, and this may be a a great excuse to take a trip to the Trop!