A quick non-football field related post before things heat up on the field in the coming days. Don't complain, this one has to do with the bugs in your frozen drinks at Sun Life Stadium.
ESPN's Outside the Lines obtained the health department inspection records of 107 NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB stadiums and arenas for 2009 and ... Sun Life Stadium was the absolute worst in the NFL with 93 percent of vendors having been judged with a critical violation during inspections.
"In June 2009 [which would be Marlins season], an employee complained anonymously that small insects and other debris were blended into frozen alcoholic beverages at a stand where equipment wasn't being cleaned," one inspection report excerpt for Sun Life reads. "When inspectors checked, they issued a critical violation for a buildup of slime inside the frozen drinks machine."
The Dolphins directed questions to their corporate partners at Sun Life. Both are owned by Stephen Ross.
"It is important to note that the stadium has passed every health and safety inspection." Sun Life Senior Vice President of Operations Todd Boyan said in a statement Tuesday. "In fact, because the State of Florida is more strict than most states and demands more detailed and frequent testing, the stadium and its concessionaire are required to be more publicly diligent in meeting safety requirements. Any past inspection infraction has been corrected and we expect our concessionaire to meet every health and safety recommendation made by the appropriate local and state inspectors. Nothing is more important to us than the health, safety, and entertainment experience at Sun Life Stadium."
Notice this statement does not refute the Outside the Lines report. Boyan is basically promising to correct the problems in the future.
"Any deficiencies that are identified during the course of an inspection are immediately corrected, usually in the presence of the inspector," reads a statement from Centerplate, the company which manages the food vendors at the stadium.
The report is sobering. It makes me wonder if the inspections also applied to the free food and drinks available to the media in the pressbox?
Might have to start tailgating.