WASHINGTON — The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council’s (NHDSC) 2011 annual study released on Major League Baseball’s opening day (March 31) predicts 22,435,400 hot dogs will be served at US MLB ballparks this season – which is 1.06 million more than in 2010, a 5% increase and the first increase in three years. Ballparks are also predicted sell 5,161,370 sausages this year, 227,000 more than in 2010, which is an increase of 4.6%.

No. 1 in the top-three ballparks selling hot dogs this year is Dodger Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Dodgers, which is predicted to serve two million hot dogs during this season. The Dodger Dog is a foot-long frank served grilled or steamed and topped with mustard and relish.

Fans at New York’s Yankee Stadium are expected to eat 1.62 million hot dogs this season. Yankee Stadium offers Nathan’s Famous “water dog,” served boiled and on a steamed bun. Number three is Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies, with 1.5 million hot dogs predicted to be sold. Its fans eat the South Philly Dog, which is topped with broccoli rabe, roasted peppers and sharp provolone on an Italian roll.

Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers, finished fourth with 1.35 million hot dogs projected – up 65% from 2010. No. 5 is Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, with 1.33 million hot dogs estimated to be consumed.

AT&T Park, home of the World Champion San Francisco Giants, is expected to enjoy a 66% increase in hot dogs consumed over last year. The Atlanta Braves posted the highest year-to-year percentage increase (42%) of all teams outside of the World Series contenders.

In turning to sausage, Miller Park in Milwaukee, home of the Brewers, is projected to serve 900,000 sausages this year. This is the only stadium in Major League Baseball where sausages out sell hot dogs.

The Minnesota Twins is No. 2 this year, with approximately 500,000 sausages expected to be sold. Finishing third, and slipping from number two last year, is US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox, with 345,000 projected in sausage sales.

Stadiums throughout the US are also offering signature dogs, such as Busch Stadium’s St. Louis BBQ Bacon Dog, a bacon-wrapped jalapeño dog served with baked beans, pickles, tobacco onions and St. Louis-style barbecue sauce. Rogers Center, home of the Toronto Blue Jays, sells the Homerun Dog, a foot-long hot dog topped with maple baked beans, crumbled Canadian bacon, caramelized red onions and Canadian Cheddar.

Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros, offers the “Most Wanted” dog, topped with beef brisket, BBQ sauce, chopped onions and kosher pickles. Angels Stadium in Anaheim sells a lot of Halo Dog, an all-beef hot dog wrapped in bacon and topped with charro beans, shredded Monterey Jack cheese and pico de gallo salsa.

New products are also on the move. Dodger Stadium is offering its new “Doyer Dog,” named for the Spanish-language pronunciation of the Dodgers (Los Doyers). This all-beef hot dog is topped with chili, nacho cheese, onions, tomatoes and jalapeños. Oriole Park at Camden Yards is introducing its Birdland Dog, featuring smoked pit beef, Little Italy pepperoni hash, stewed tomato jam and fried onions. And Great American Ballpark, home of the Cincinnati Reds, is launching its Meat Lovers Hot Dog, a jumbo hot dog wrapped with bacon and deep fried, then topped with beef and black bean chili, shredded pepper jack cheese and salami.