In-N-Out Didn’t Have Interest In Dodger Stadium Location

Over recent years the Los Angeles Dodgers and Dodger Stadium executive chef Ryan Evans have made a concerted effort to infuse the ballpark with a variety of local fare to represent the city’s culinary identity and flavors.

During the 2019 season, the Dodgers launched “LA Feeds Blue,” which brought a chef series pop-up to Dodger Stadium. The program delivered food options from renowned chefs, local ingredients and diverse flavors.

Fans attending Dodgers home games had an opportunity to enjoy food items crafted by Trejo’s Tacos, Border Grill + Socalo, Park’s BBQ, and Boo’s Philly.

But when the Dodgers unveiled the completed renovation and construction of a center field plaza, it came with news of Shake Shack — based out of New York — was among the new concession locations.

It was met by mixed reaction, with countless fans asking why the team didn’t elect for California staple In-N-Out instead. However, a Dodger Stadium location does not align with In-N-Out’s business strategy, via Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times:

“Sponsorship of a major sports team, stadium or arena, isn’t a strategy that we have chosen to take advantage of,” said Denny Warnick, In-N-Out executive vice president and chief operating officer.

“When it comes to sports teams, we prefer to sponsor local school or community teams in an effort to support the communities where we do business,” Warnick said.

“While we are thankful for the feedback we have received from loyal customers over the years suggesting that we open an In-N-Out Burger in the stadium of their favorite team, I don’t anticipate that we will expand into the concession business in the foreseeable future.”

Although there was some push back on social media to Shake Shack being added to Dodger Stadium, the location has held a steady line since opening for the current homestand.

Dodger Stadium food and drink

In addition the Shake Shack, the flagship California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) location behind the left field pavilion is open as well.

So too are the “Eats” and “Drinks” grab-and-go locations in the beer garden behind left field. Overall, the selection of craft beers being offered at Dodger Stadium has been enhanced with 22 different Southern California options now available.

They can be purchased at stands near sections 65 and 66 on the loge level and the opening of the Marketplace stand (soon to be re-named SoCal Crafted) near field section 5, which features 12 packaged craft beers from local California breweries.

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