Yankees swing back over report of Yankee Stadium’s unsanitary concession areas
LAS VEGAS – After taking a hit regarding sanitary conditions at Yankee Stadium concession areas, the club swung back.
A detailed report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines into food safety ranked Yankee Stadium last among MLB’s 30 ballparks, citing 34 high-level violations at 43 outlets.
The 79.1 percent of food outlets found with one or more high-level violations were found during the analysis in 2016 and 2017, and their reporting showed that only five other North American sports venues – they examined 111 – had a higher percentage.
In a statement released by the New York Yankees on Thursday, Dan Smith, president of hospitality at Legends, the Stadium’s food service provider, fired back:
“We treat food safety with the utmost care. We disagree with the ESPN report, whose methodology is unexplainable,’’ Smith said.
“We work closely on regular inspections with the New York City Department of Health, whose rigorous participation is welcomed,’’ Smith said. “We also complete our own independent assessments with various consultants and auditors, including food safety companies.
“If any violation is pointed out, it is addressed and corrected immediately. As a result, in 2018, all of our food stands received an A-level grade, which is the highest level in New York City.”
Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, ranked behind Yankee Stadium, followed by Globe Life Park in Arlington, home of the Texas Rangers.
The best three venues? Miller Park (Milwaukee Brewers), Progressive Field (Cleveland Indians) and Marlins Park (Miami).
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