ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Tropicana Field is ranked the worst ballpark for food safety by Sports Illustrated.
The home of the Rays was hit with a total of 241 violations. Of those, 105 were considered critical, according to SI’s list.
Violations included insects and black mold accumulating inside an ice bin.
An employee was also reportedly seen handling hot dogs and cash without washing his hands in between.
An ESPN report from several years ago found that every inspected stand at the Trop had at least one critical violation.
SI got the information from the Florida Division of Business and Professional Regulation.
The Rays released the following statement Tuesday night:
“Each aspect of the fan experience is very important to us and that includes food quality and safety. We understand that Centerplate has taken corrective action for all of these violations and will be taking additional steps to ensure food safety. Moving forward, we will be working cooperatively with both Centerplate and Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation officials to provide even greater oversight of the nightly concessions operations.”
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