GCS Credit Union Ballpark has been the home of the Gateway Grizzlies since 2002 and is known as a great summer location to have affordable, family, fun.
Since 2006, the Grizzlies have consistently garnered national attention, thanks in large part to 'Baseball's Best Burger' and 'Baseball's Best Nachos'.
Below is a list of some of the media outlets that have recognized the Grizzlies over the years. Our ballpark foods have appeared on Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food in 2009, USA Today’s Top Ballpark Food list in 2013, and Sports Illustrated #2 Ballpark Food in 2013!
The only way to experience our great food first hand is to come out to GCS Credit Union Ballpark. If you are interested in our full gameday menu or would like a list of pricing, CLICK HERE.
Who's talking about the Grizzlies?? Check it out below!
GCS Ballpark sells a unique food item called "Baseball's Best Burger", a variant of the Luther Burger.
It consists of a bacon cheeseburger with a Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnut used as a bun. The ballpark and the burger were showcased in a special baseball-themed episode in season 2 of the Travel Channel’s Man v. Food.
The Grizzlies "Baseball's Best Burger” continues to deliver on the national stage. The burger was recently ranked 2nd on Sports Illustrated’s list of the Top 10 Minor League Ballpark Foods.
The Grizzlies deliver patrons at GCS Ballpark a thick hamburger topped with 2 slices of bacon and sharp cheddar cheese, and sandwich it between two sides of a Krispy Kreme Original Glazed donut. At only $4.50, this wild combination of flavors consistently sells between 100-200 burgers a night.
In March 2006 Grizzlies General Manager Tony Funderburg and Media Relations Director Jeff O’Neill were guests on ESPN2's Cold Pizza.
They discussed the then-latest addition to the Grizzlies' concession menu, Baseball's Best Burger, joining hosts Dana Jacobson and Jay Crawford in studio live from New York.
The Grizzlies were also featured that month on ESPN.com. They had this to say. “Homer Simpson would love the newest taste sensation in minor league baseball: the doughnut burger.
Head to a Gateway Grizzlies game and this gut-buster could be yours. We kid you not. The Gateway Grizzlies of the Frontier League promised to create "Baseball's Best Burger" in time for the team's opener in late May. And they appear to have succeeded.
The ballpark sandwich will include a hamburger topped with sharp cheddar cheese and two slices of bacon -- all between a "bun" made of a sliced Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnut.
In August 2016, former Grizzlies' outfielder Brandon Thomas crushed a grandslam that happened to hit his very own truck windshield. The story spread nationwide over night and Thomas became a viral sensation. The story was covered by Sportscenter, Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, USA Today, New York Daily News, the Huffington Post, Reddit and many more!
USA Today included Gateway on their list of ’12 Outrageous Foods At Minor League Ballparks’. According to USA Today, “In southern Illinois, fans flock to see the Gateway Grizzlies’ games, but the food is half the fun at this ballpark’s creative concession stands. "Baseball’s Best Burger" (also called "The Luther Burger" after crooner and yo-yo dieter Luther Vandross) is a juicy quarter-pound hamburger, topped with two slices of bacon and sharp Cheddar and stuffed between a split Krispy Kreme Original Glazed grilled donut.”
Stadium Journey and correspondent Dennis Morrell visited GCS Ballpark in 2012 and had high praise in their review.
The New York Daily News put the Grizzlies in good company when they revealed their list of the ‘Baseball Belly Busters: Craziest Stadium Foods’.
The Grizzlies were one of only three minor league teams included on the list, surrounded by major league organizations, including the St. Louis Cardinals. Once again it was the ‘Baseball’s Best Burger’ that helped the Grizzlies gain national attention!
Minor league baseball stadiums have some major league eats, and the Grizzlies have some of the best in the nation. Adam Richman of Man v. Food is a fan, so you know the eats must be over-the-top and worth the price of admission.
The Riverfront Times paid a visit to GCS Ballpark to see which offering is the best of the best. CLICK HERE!
"Food guru" may not be Brent Pownall's official job description, but the title would be accurate.
Pownall is the Director of Stadium Operations for the Gateway Grizzlies and is in charge of concessions for the Frontier League baseball team. If you've eaten anything at a Grizzlies game, chances are Pownall has given it his official seal of approval.
"We get a lot of ideas from other teams," said Pownall, who has been with the team since its inaugural season in 2001. "I head over to Busch Stadium on opening day every year to make sure my pricing is better than theirs and to see if they've got anything new.
"I read magazines and watch the Food Network all the time. A lot of our items have evolved due to our limited kitchen space, but if something gets dull, we'll make changes. We used to have Chevy's (Fresh Mex), but it kind of lost its luster and we took that and ran with it when they pulled out. Now we're doing a lot of different things out of that stand (located down the right field line)."