OKLAHOMA CITY – When heading to Chesapeake Energy Arena, many fans will make a stop at the concession stand before heading to their seats to cheer on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Recently, ESPN’s Outside the Lines took a closer look at sports arenas throughout the country and dove into the list of health violations at each one.
The venues with the highest percentage of stands with high-level violations were as follows:
- Spectrum Center- Charlotte, North Carolina (92%)
- Palace of Auburn Hills – Detroit, Michigan (86.1%)
- American Airlines Center- Dallas, Texas (83.1%)
- Bank of America Stadium- Charlotte, North Carolina (82.6%.)
Sara Liggins Coly, with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, told Outside the Lines that sports venues often hire temporary workers, who might not be fully aware of food-handling rules.
“It’s an ongoing education battle of telling people what the proper procedures are, as opposed to you maybe dealing with the same person in a one-stop-shop establishment compared to arena-style inspections,” said Liggins Coly, who inspects Chesapeake Energy Arena.
At Chesapeake, only 18.4 percent of the locations were cited with a high-level violation over 2016 and 2017, and it performed better than the community average.
ESPN reports that most violations at sports venues are a result of mistakes or oversights, not intentional acts.