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June 04. 2013 5:58PM

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Take a trip to PNC Field where the RailRiders play. The sights and smells of the wonderful food items overwhelm you as you enter the stadium. The question: Which food concession stand to visit and what food item or items to purchase?

Legends runs the food concession stands at the stadium. They are also responsible for the suites and sales of souvenirs such as shirts, hats, trading cards and rally towels . Rich Kloss is in charge of the food program and has been with the stadium since 1991, after he finished high school.

“It paid my way through college. It is a labor of love,” he said.

The stadium underwent a transformation last year. Upper deck seating was removed and the main gate changed to an open- air corridor. A children’s area includes the Champ bounce house. The Rail Riders played the year on the road when the stadium was under reconstruction.

“I worked at different stadiums of the Yankees farm system including Staten Island and the Lancaster Barn Burners,” Kloss said.

The concession stands are run by high school students at their first jobs, college students and even older adults. Jordan Marsh, 17, was selling cotton candy and fresh -squeezed lemonade. “It is an ideal summer job,” said the Holy Cross student.

At the taco stand was Jacob Brown, 18, from Abington Heights said, “I needed a job. This is my first year working at the stadium.”

Four concession stands and several portable ones offer a variety too long to list every item,, but include typical cheeseburgers and hamburgers, and a junior or jumbo hot dog . At a taco bar, find tacos or a tortilla with various toppings. Perhaps it is Revello’s pizza you crave- they sell red and white. Other options are gyros (beef, lamb or chicken) , bratwurst , kielbasa and a sausage and pepper hoagie.

The stadium has a 750 pound- capacity smoker near right field that features a “Bent Buckle” barbecue, a pulled -pork sandwich and a BBQ brisket sandwich.

Snacks range from mozzarella sticks, pretzels, peanuts, popcorn, cotton candy, cinnamon roasted nuts among others.

For more information on the RailRiders schedule, how to order tickets and special promotions, visit www. railriders.com.


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