An ESPN investigation found health inspectors are hitting major league stadiums hard with food safety violations. For everything from rodents, to unclean kitchens and unclean workers.
KRQE News 13 wanted to know how the Isotopes Ballpark is doing, so News 13 sifted through the city’s health inspections.
“I bought a Philly cheese steak sandwich and there’s like a nacho bowl supreme,” said local Mckenn Green. “It was pretty big, I enjoyed it.”
Locals said grabbing a bite to eat at an Isotopes game is part of the fun.
“We sell a lot of margaritas, believe it or not,” said Isotopes General Manager for Spectra Foods, Nick Korth.
Recently, ESPN’s ‘Outside The Lines’ reviewed the food-safety inspection reports for every major league baseball team and found a lot of teams have serious health code violations at a lot of their concession stands.
They didn’t do the minor leagues, so News 13 checked out the City of Albuquerque’s health inspection records of the concession stands at Isotopes Park. The park scored well.
“We always do very well here with our food inspections,” said Korth. “Mainly because we hold our people to a very high standard.”
According to the city’s food inspection results, all vendors at the Isotopes Park passed their last couple inspections, with only a few hiccups: the Batter’s Up stand was called out for ineffective cleaning methods for food surfaces, and the kitchen for the luxury suites was dinged for staff not washing their hands correctly or often enough.
“It’s all about the experience here and if you have a negative food experience than that ruins everything,” said Korth.
KRQE News 13 did notice that the city’s health inspectors are behind. They haven’t been to Isotopes Park since April 2017. The city’s own website said restaurants should be inspected at least twice a year.
According to the ESPN investigation, Yankee Stadium had the highest number of serious health code violations at it’s concessions. Coors Field in Denver, home of the Colorado Rockies, had the second worst score.
KRQE News 13 also tried to check the food inspection records for the PIT and Dreamstyle Stadium, but the state handles those because they’re on University of New Mexico property. Unlike the city, the state does not make its health inspection records available online.