I bet that Ted Leonsis did not think one of Abe Pollin‘s legacies would be 100% of the Verizon Center concession stands having health code violations in 2009, according to an ESPN Outside the Lines report. From Vendor inspection reports:

Verizon Center
Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals
Vendors with critical violations: 100%

Inspection report excerpt: Mice droppings, a critical violation in Washington, were found at at least 10 vendors.

FAIL! Leonsis has already explained what he is doing about the problem on his blog. I’ve added cleaning this up the list of deliverables.

As for the other big league in BeltwayLand, here is how they did:

Nationals Park
Washington Nationals
Vendors with critical violations: 25%

Inspection report excerpt: One location received a critical violation for not having a D.C.-certified food manager’s card.

Not exactly cringe-worthy, but still something that is completely avoidable. I think a bigger problem there is vendors skimming off profits by “making deals” with customers. Oh that and the glacial pace at which said vendors operate.

FedEx Field
Washington Redskins
Vendors with critical violations: 36%

Inspection report excerpt: An employee touched his/her face and then prepared food with his/her hands without washing or changing gloves.

No word on how RFK Stadium, home of DC United, did.

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Author: WFY

Yet another Washingtonian pushing the ubiquitous Nats/DC sports, Penn State, commuting, bicycling, kayaking, broomball, skiing, gin & tonic agenda.

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