Yesterday, July 25, ESPN.com released a report of the health inspections for all professional sports arenas in the United States and Canada. The one thing I can distinguish from this report: Canada is clean, Florida not so much.
The Angels report showed that there have been improvements made to prior rat infestations, but still showed that 16% of their vendors had a major or critical violation. On the other hand, Dodger Stadium was cited for having "At least one location had mold growing inside an ice machine", but only registered 13% of vendors having a major or critical violation.
The one arena that stood out to me was American Airlines Arena, home of the Miami Heat. In Miami, 93% of all vendors had a major or critical violation, specifically citing that the drama on the playing surface has reached critical mass.
Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Rays, and the Verizon Center, home of the Washington Capitals, win the grand prize. Each and every vendor, yes 100%, reported a major or critical violation. The Verizon Center was cited for "Mice droppings, a critical violation in Washington, were found at at least 10 vendors". I don't know about you, but I hope 'mice droppings' is a critical health violation in every state.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it, Plashke.