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(Meredith) -- ESPN collected and studied more than 16,000 food safety inspection reports from health departments that monitor all 111 American professional sports venues, including football, baseball, basketball and hockey venues.

ESPN’s investigation found that at about 28 percent of the venues, at least half of the food stations committed high-level violations that pose potential threats for food-borne illnesses.

Types of violations recorded included food temperature, employee-related issue (such as use of gloves or handwashing), pests/bugs, poor condition of food and equipment problems.

The study found that the three venues with the highest number of violations were:

  1. Spectrum Center – Charlotte, N.C.; home of the Hornets (NBA)
    • 92% of food stations had high-level violations
  2. Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, Michigan; home of the Pistons (NBA)
    • 86.11% of food stations had high-level violations
  3. American Airlines Center – Dallas, Texas; home of the Mavericks (NBA) and Stars (NHL)
    • 83.08% of food stations had high-level violations

The study found that the three venues with the lowest number of violations were:

  1. Oracle Arena – Oakland, California; home of the Warriors (NBA)
    • 1.12% of food stations had high-level violations
  2. State Farm Arena – Atlanta, Georgia; home of the Hawks (NBA)
    • 4.17% of food stations had high-level violations
  3. NRG Stadium – Houston, Texas; home of the Texans (NFL)
    • 4.44% of food stations had high-level violations

Click here to see where your hometown’s venue ranked.

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