On Thursday, ESPN Outside The Lines released a comprehensive review of the food-safety inspections for all 107 North American pro sports venues, with some favorable findings for Boston's three major sports venues.
Of the 107 venues, Foxborough's Gillette Stadium ranked as the fifth-best overall, while Boston's TD Garden (25) and Fenway Park (31) came in pretty favorably. NBA venues took up three of the top five spots, led by Oakland's Oracle Arena at No. 1.
For some of New York's most pristine venues, however, the results are not flattering. Queens' Citi Field (home of the Mets) and Brooklyn's Barclays Center (home of the Nets and Islanders) ranked Nos. 86 and 93, respectively, on the list. But most indicting of all, perhaps, was Yankee Stadium, which the report ranked as sixth-worst of all North American sports venues.
Among the most alarming findings, this one about the Legends level of seating -- some of the most expensive seats in the park -- sticks out:
Inspectors found hot food at improper temperatures (below 140 degrees) and "filth, flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated flies" in food and/or non-food areas at a Legends level location on July 25, 2017.
Imagine shelling out a couple thousand bucks for seats after reading that?
This all made for some spirited debate on Arbella Early Edition, where hosts Rich Keefe, Gary Tanguay and Trenni Kusnierek talked about their best and worst ballpark food experiences -- and, well, are we really going to the games for the food anyways?
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