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Every day a new simple human pleasure is being infringed upon. This time, Sports Illustrated decided that baseball fans must own up to the fact that they’re essentially eating garbage at most baseball stadiums across North America. By reviewing food inspection history and public records, SI put together a comprehensive list of stadium food safety from best to worst and the results were not very surprising to be frank.
From Sports Illustrated:
Sports Illustrated used data from 28 local health departments to compile a comprehensive ranking of ballpark food safety across the league based on the most recent inspection of the stadium. Public records requests to Cleveland’s Progressive Field and Detroit’s Comerica Park went unfulfilled by publication, leaving them off this list.
Representatives from health departments across the country explained that violations on their own don’t mean fans should panic, but they should be most wary of violations found across multiple concession stands within a stadium.
Topping the list was the Seattle Mariners which does not surprise me one bit. Of course a city full of vegans and self proclaimed health food gurus has immaculate dining conditions. Closing out the list per usual is our beloved Florida, this time the Tampa Rays. In typical Florida fashion the concessions at Tropicana field are described to be a wasteland of insects, black mold, and general disregard for any proper health standards. Other notable C-listers are the New York Yankees who came in at 21st place while also boasting the highest percent of critical service violations.
Call me old fashioned but food safety is far from my top priority when I order a hot dog that more closely resembles a dog toy than actual food. Seattle, you can keep your service perfection. I’ll stick to watching a game while eating a hotdog served by somebody who just pinched a loaf 30 seconds before handling my food and drinking beers served by someone who is likely no older than fifteen..
[via Sports Illustrated]
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