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MiLB Blogger Calls Food At Southwest University Park “Top Five” In Over 100 Ballparks Around The Country

MiLB blogger, Benjamin Hill, has been to over 100 ballparks across the country, and he was really impressed with Southwest University Park and the El Paso Chihuahuas when he was here for their second ever game a couple of weeks ago. He said the ballpark and it’s fans were the biggest story of the 2014 Minor League season.

And then he tasted the food at the SUP. From what he wrote in his blog, I’m surprised he didn’t explode, but having had my share of the tasty treats at the ballpark, I’m not surprised at all the great things he had to say about the ballpark grub!

MiLB Blogger Loves Food At Southwest University Park
courtesy: Patricia Martinez

Hill made his way around the ballpark concession stands with the help of Jeff Hanauer, the general manager of Ovations Food Services at the SUP. They checked out the pork carnitas nachos, the Leo’s burritos, the margaritas, and pretty much everything else on the menu. Hill called the nachos the best he’s ever had in any ballpark, and said his favorite item at the ballpark was the raspas! I haven’t had one yet, but reading his description of the fruit flavors and toppings that are available, I know I’m going to make sure I have one the next time I go catch a game.

Biggest story in the MiLB, and the best ballpark food – yup, that’s our El Paso Chihuahuas, and Southwest University Park!


The El Paso Chihuahuas have been breaking records in their first season at Southwest University Park. Their average attendance of more than 8500 per game leads the Pacific Coast League. Only one other minor league team, Triple-A Charlotte, is averaging more fans per game. The Chihuahuas have aleady brought more than 118,000 fans to the new downtown ballpark in just 14 games. The ballpark and the team have caught the eye of a Minor League blogger who says the El Paso Chihuahuas and their fans are the biggest story of the year in the Minor Leagues.

El Paso Chihuahuas
courtsey: Darren Hunt

Benjamin Hill writes about the Minor Leagues and their teams for a widely read blog. He came to the SUP to check out
the Chihuahuas second day of playa couple of weeks ago. He talked about the controversy surrounding the ballpark, and marveled at the number of people who showed up for the second day.

Yesterday, he wrote another blog about the Chihuahuas. He included pictures from all over the ballpark, photos of fans lining up to get in, the views of the mountains and El Paso and Juarez, and even the star on the mountain. Hill even talked about Buzz from the Q getting heck on the air because he wore a Chihuahuas cap even though he was a huge naysayer about the team and ballpark!

Hill says he wouldn’t be surprised if the team draws 600,000 to the downtown ballpark this year. With all the sellouts already this season, it’s clear El Paso is embracing the Chihuahuas. It’s great to see an out-of-towner doing the same! Check out his latest blog about El Paso’s team, and GO CHIHUAHUAS!

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