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Lugnuts host ‘Eat-A-Palooza’ Aug. 26

Lugnuts host ‘Eat-A-Palooza’ Aug. 26
Nikki Nicolaou

Larry Hook 

LCC students on the college’s main campus can take a short walk across the Shiawassee Street Bridge next Tuesday evening to enjoy a ballgame and a whole lot of food.

The Lansing Lugnuts’ second and final Eat-A-Palooza of the season will take place at Cooley Law School Stadium Tuesday, Aug. 26. The Lugnuts will battle the Lake County Captains starting at 7:05 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m.

For $19, fans will be given entrance to the game along with all the ballpark food and soft drinks they can consume.

The ballpark’s gourmet hot dogs, Philly steak sandwiches, brats, nachos, popcorn, peanuts, potato chips, French fries, ice cream, soda, bottled water and more are all included in the admission price.

The only limitation is the size of one’s stomach, according to Lansing Lugnuts broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler.

“It is amazing,” Goldberg-Strassler said. “Folks who come here to the ballpark can try out all different items from the menu. … With an Eat-A-Palooza, we’ve got the smorgasbord spread out and prepared. You can come, enjoy baseball and enjoy the food and drinks that you like. It’s a really cool thing.

“Baseball is the sort of sport where when folks come into the ballpark in the first place, they’re all in good moods. And what puts you in a better mood than food?”

Lugnuts fan Ashley James, 28, a student at Cooley Law School, said she attended the Eat-A-Palooza in May and believes the experience is well worth the $19 admission fee.

“I like it; it’s convenient,” James said. “You get in, have seats and eat as much as you want.”

Former LCC student Ben Doane, 21, of Leslie, is a long-time Lugnuts fan. He said he has never been to an Eat-A-Palooza, but likes the idea.

“I would go to that,” Doane said. “Chili-cheese dogs are always good; basically any kind of hot dog in general always works for me.”

This is the fourth season the Lugnuts have hosted Eat-A-Paloozas. The first one this year was held May 3 and drew a crowd of 3,619 despite cold, cloudy weather.

Lugnuts officials should expect a much bigger crowd for next week’s Eat-A-Palooza, with warmer weather in the forecast, and the LCC and Michigan State University students back in the area.

For tickets and other information on the Eat-A-Palooza or other remaining Lugnuts games, contact the team’s ticket office at (517) 485-4500 or go to

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