Stadiums to celebrate grand opening

WHEELING – Stadiums, located at 95 Edgington Ln. in Wheeling, will soon be celebrating its grand opening. A ribbon cutting ceremony with the Wheeling Chamber of Commerce will take place on Friday, Aug. 29, and the grand opening will be held on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Stadiums had a soft opening at the beginning of June, and it has gotten some great reviews already. However, the grand opening of the valley’s newest sports-themed restaurant will have plenty to offer the patrons beyond food.

“We’re going to have a tailgate party with lots of giveaways,” said Lesley Antonik, who owns both Stadiums and Ruttenbucks. “We’re giving away tickets to the WVU-Oklahoma football game – a four pack.”

The tailgate party to kick off football season will start at noon on Aug. 30. There will be a live broadcast of the WVU-Alabama game, giveaways and live music with additional entertainment following at the Owl’s Nest, which is next door to the restaurant.

Although there are many sports-themed restaurants in the valley, Stadiums has quite a unique approach compared to the competition. Many establishments in this particular genre of eatery are typically adorned with various sports memorabilia and numerous televisions on which to watch the big game, but that’s usually as far as it goes.

Stadiums, however, takes the sports theme a step further. Stadiums’ menu includes several items which are based around signature foods from professional teams’ home cities.

“How the theme came about – my son is a diehard Green Bay Packers fan,” Antonik said. “For my son’s 21st birthday, I bought tickets to take him to Green Bay, to Lambeau Field to see the Packers play.”

Antonik explained that her brother and two sons went with her to the game, and her brother wanted to try the bratwurst because it’s the signature food product of the stadium. She said that she has tried the Green Bay bratwurst, the Primanti Brothers’ sandwiches in Pittsburgh and the BBQ sandwiches in South Carolina.

“I started thinking (that) this stadium food – it’s simple, it’s good, and it’s made to feed 80,000 people at a time,” Antonik said. “So I started researching all the NFL football stadiums and found out what all of them have as their signature product, and that’s where the menu came from. The thought was, ‘If this food is so good that a stadium is going to have it as its signature product, wouldn’t it be awesome to have them all in one place?’. “

For example, the menu at Stadiums contains the Kansas City brisket, the Philly steak and cheese, the Green Bay bratwurst, the Tampa Cuban, the Miami shrimp burger and the Pittsburgh Polski, which is currently the restaurant’s number-one seller.

The restaurant also serves several specialty pizzas as well, including the Buffalo Bills chicken, the Chicago pepperoni, the Saint supreme and the Texan metal lovers, among others. The menu also includes several non-themed items that are pretty standard for the modern day sports restaurant (wings, tenders, etc.).

Stadiums is located at 95 Edgington Lane in Wheeling. Its hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; and Sundays from noon until 8 p.m. For more information, please call (304) 905-0805.

Scott can be reached at jscott@timesleaderonline .com.