Watch what you eat at the ballpark, stadium or arena.
That’s the message from an ESPN “Outside the Lines” report that detailed the findings of health-department inspection reports for food and beverage outlets at all 107 North American arenas and stadiums that were home to MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL teams in 2009.
The “Outside the Lines” report found that at 30 venues (28 percent), more than half the concessions stands or restaurants had been cited for at least one “critical” or “major” health violation.
At Yankee Stadium, 48 percent of vendors were found to be in violation of health codes. The OTL report, citing an inspection-report excerpt, said that five hot dogs registered 91 degrees in a hot-holding unit when they were supposed to be no cooler than 140. Inspectors at the Yankees’ home also had a vendor dispose of a bottle of Chivas Regal whiskey containing dead fruit flies.
Citi Field fared slightly better than the ballpark in the Bronx. Forty-five percent of vendors at the Mets’ home park were cited with violations. Inspectors found 20 pounds of grilled chicken registered at 70 degrees in a refrigerator at the ballpark, which is about 30 degrees warmer than allowed, according to an excerpt of inspection reports.
They found…a bottle of Chivas Regal whiskey containing dead fruit flies…at Yankee Stadium?
Isn’t it just possible this was a case of mistaken identity? Could it not be possible that this is actually a historical artifact containing Babe Ruth backwash?
O.K., seriously, you eat out, you take your chances. Doesn’t matter if it’s Yankee Stadium, a five-Star restaurant, or the corner deli. Anyone who has ever worked in a food service establishment can tell you stories that will make you want to never eat out again…until the next time you eat out again, of course.