What's lurking in that stadium food?

July 26, 2010 3:39:24 PM PDT
When you go to a sports event, maybe you like to eat a hotdog, or some nachos.

But did you ever wonder about the food safety at the stadiums?

ESPN did, and in a report for its show "Outside the Lines,"it checked the food safety records of vendors at every major league arena and ball park.

Locally, the records aren't bad. EPSN found that a third of the food vendors at Lincoln Financial Field had at least one major safety violation.

29 percent of those at citizens bank park, and 15 percent at the Wachovia center had violations.

None of the pro venues in Chicago had major infractions.

But 72% of the vendors at the new Dallas Cowboys stadium did.

And virtually every stadium, field, and arena in Florida had more than 75% of its vendors cited for serious infractions. In Miami, an employee at the Sun Life Stadium anonymously reported that insects were being blended into frozen alcoholic drinks in equipment that hadn't been properly cleaned.

The report notes that food inspections vary widely from city to city. In some places, inspectors can't show up unannounced at stadiums, even though the same inspectors can walk into hotels and restaurants without advance notice.

In another city, inspections can only be made when there's no event underway.

Want to know how other cities fared? Check out the report on ESPN.com.


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