Report finds Superdome, Smoothie King Center, sub-par in food safety

"Filthy, putrid, or decomposed" food cited in one inspection

Chris Miller
December 14, 2018 - 4:23 pm

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The Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center could do a better job at keeping its concessions areas clean, a report from ESPN finds.

The sports network's Outside the Lines program checked food safety inspection records for 107 professional sports venues. The Superdome ranked 59th overall; the Smoothie King Center came in at number 80.

The report says health inspectors found things like rotting bananas, improperly labeled containers, cockroaches, dirty food contact surfaces, and other violations at the Smoothie King Center, which chalked up a 51.02 percent rate of high-level violations.

While coming in better at a high-violation rate of 38.24 percent, the Superdome still sits in the bottom half of the rankings, with violations including dead bugs in a popcorn stand and unclean freezers.

The worst was Charlotte's Spectrum Center, home to the NBA Hornets. It clocked a high-level violation rate of 92 percent, including beer leaking from the ceiling of one of the venue's bars.

Oakland's Oracle Arena did the best: just 1.12 percent.

Click here to read the full report, click here for the list of stadium rankings.

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