Fenway Park Makes Sports Illustrated’s List for Safest Ballpark Food

Sports Illustrated put together a list of the ballparks with the safest foods based on lack of violations and health department records and Fenway Park earned the number 2 spot.

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Coming in at #1 was Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners. The field only had one critical violation for food held at an improper temperature. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of .08.
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Fenway Park came in second for safest ball park food with only two critical violations, one for a dirty ice machine and one for a broken dishwasher. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of .56.
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Minute Maid Park home of the Houston Astros came in at #3 with nine critical violations including a stand that reused popcorn buckets and another with an inaccessible hand sink. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of .64.
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Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies was #4 on the list with 27 critical violations including rodent droppings in kitchens and warehouses. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of .68.
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Arizona Diamondbacks' field Chase Field came in at #5 with 23 critical violations including employees not washing their hands. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of .83.
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Busch Stadium, home to the St. Louis Cardinals came in at #6 with 12 critical violations such as lack of hot water in hand sinks and inaccessibility of hand sinks. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of .83.
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Toronto Blue Jays' Rogers Center came in at #7 with 19 critical violations. Nine of those violations came from failure to provide thermometers in storage compartments. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of .97.
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Chicago Cubs' home Wrigley Field took the #8 spot and clocked 8 critical violations but only 43 of its stands were inspected. Most of the violations were due to storing food at improper temperatures and improper rodent and insect-proofing measures. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.02.
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Pittsburgh Pirates' home PNC Park was the #9 safest ball park food spot and had 21 critical violations for food storage temperatures. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.07.
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Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers took the #10 spot with 34 critical violations. Most due to storing food at dangerous temperatures and improper sanitizer concentrations. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.18.
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Miami Marlins Park came in at #11 with 18 critical violations but only 46 total entities were inspected. Some of the violations include lack of hand-washing or cooking meats at dangerous temperatures. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.22
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Philadelphia Phillies' home Citizens Bank Park came in at #12 with 17 critical violations which focused on cleanliness. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.24.
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Suntrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, came in at #13 with 38 critical violations involving food being stored at dangerous temperatures as well as employee cleanliness. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.28.
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San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park is #14 on the list with 56 critical violations mostly including inaccessible hand-washing facilities and vermin infestation. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.31.
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Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres came in at #15 with only 9 critical violations but 119 total violations. Many were for improper food temperatures and problematic hand-washing facilities. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.35.
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New York Mets' home Citi Field came in at #16 with 26 critical violations, but only 7 of the 56 entities went without violations. Most violations were due to food being held at dangerous temperatures but some minor violations were food surfaces being improperly maintained. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.63.
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Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals came in at #17 with 50 critical violations, many due to food temperature issues. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.67.
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Guaranteed Rate Field, home of the Chicago White Sox took the #18 spot with only 28 critical violations, however, the stadium failed its first inspection last year. Many violations were due to poor hygiene and mice droppings. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.77.
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The Cincinattio Reds' Great American Ballpark came in at #19 with 27 critical violations but nearly half of the entities registered at least one critical violation. The violations included leaking appliances and unsafe dishwasher temperatures. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.93.
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Texas Rangers' Globe Life Park at Arlington is #20 on the list with 43 critical violations, including one live roach. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 1.95.
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Coming in at #21 is New York Yankees Stadium with 24 critical violations but those included an infestation of flies and improper vermin-proofing. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 2.19.
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#22 went to Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. The field had 43 critical violations including dangerous food holding temperatures and employees consuming food. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 2.32.
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The Lose Angeles Angels' Angel Stadium of Anaheim, took the #23 spot with 12 critical violations but only 28 entities were inspected. Food was observed being stored on the floor as well as dead cockroaches or insects also found on the floor. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 2.54.
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Washington National's Park only had 18 violations but just 24 entities were inspected. Many refrigeration units were not operating properly and two hand washing sinks were missing soap. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 2.79.
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Los Angels Dodger Stadium is #25 on the list with 60 critical violations, however, there were almost 250 total violations. Many of the violations dealt with food holding temperatures and unclean contact surfaces. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 3.23.
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#26 on the list went to Baltimore Orioles' home Oriole Park at Camden Yards. While there were only 15 critical violations, there were 264 total violations such as no hot water in various hand sinks and rodent infestation. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 3.67.
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Oakland Athletics' Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum was #27 on the list with 63 critical violations including vermin, unsafe food temperatures, and non-working hand-washing facilities. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 3.96.
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And the ballpark with the lowest food safety rating was #28 Tampa Bay Rays' Tropicana Field for 105 critical violations. Such violations included black mold inside an ice bin and unsanitary employees. The ballpark earned a food safety rating of 5.58.
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