Last year, ESPN conducted a review of every major sporting venue’s concession stands and Tropicana Field did not receive a favorable rating. In fact, all 47 of the concessions inspected received at least one critical violation.
This year, things are better, but the report is still a bit gruesome…
Centerplate, the concessions vendor for Tropicana Field, has reduced its average number of critical violations by more than two-thirds, to 1.1 per outlet. But 57 percent of outlets still were cited for things like “mold and flies,” “slime in the ice machine,” and workers handling meat without gloves.
Ok. flies happen. Not great, but whatever. Mold? It doesn’t say where the mold was found. So let’s just assume it was on the floor or on the backside of a machine. Right? Good. But “slime in the ice machine.” What the hell? C’mon people. Slime? What does that even mean (Ed. note: see comments)? And “handling meat without gloves”? We know a lot of these workers are volunteers, but aren’t gloves just common sense?
Disgusting. Just disgusting.