As if the $6 beers and $9 burgers weren't rough enough, this report from ESPN delivers another slap in the face: Stadium food can be downright dangerous to your health.
ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reviewed health department inspection reports for food and beverage vendors at all 107 North American stadiums and arenas that host major league sporting events in 2009. They found that at 28 percent of these venues, more than half of the concession stands or restaurants had been cited for at least one "critical" or "major" health violation.
So where does your favorite team's home rate on the list? Percentages of vendors in violation of health codes:
Fenway Park, Boston Red Sox: 4% Prudential Center, New Jersey Devils: 6%Izod Center, New Jersey Nets: 20%Giants Stadium, New York Giants: 20%TD Banknorth Garden, Boston Bruins and Celtics: 21%Citi Field, New York Mets: 45%
Yankee Stadium, New York Yankees: 48%
Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks and Rangers: 61%
Here's some good news, though, if you're a fan of the New England Patriots or New York Islanders. Gillette Stadium and Nassau Veterans Memorial had no recorded violations. The new Meadowlands Stadium did not have recorded health inspections in 2009.
So next time you're craving a hot dog in the bleachers, think twice. You may be better off eating before - or after - the game.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun