It's not just the performance on the field for local sports teams that is hard to swallow.
While the good news is that Arrowhead Stadium has less critical violations for vendors than Kauffman Stadium. The bad news is that it was 56 percent of vendors with critical violations as compared to 62 percent. So, listen up Blanc, we're looking to you to elevate the game during your time at Arrowhead.
ESPN issued a roundup of stadium health inspection reports on Sunday that covers stadiums around the country for the major sports leagues: NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB. And the facilities at the Truman Sports Complex didn't fare so hot.
Vendors at Kauffman were cited for items above or below safe food temperatures and food debris on knives in a knife rack. Their counterparts at Arrowhead had hot foods not held at the proper temperature and were forced to "discard or reheat certain foods, including cooked funnel-cake fries."
Critical violations are those food violations that require a follow up from health inspectors. The category covers a wide range from hand washing to food temperature, all of which could potentially lead to immediate food safety or contamination issues.
Sadly, St. Louis is dominating the food safety rivalry. You should feel free to eat with gusto at any of the major stadiums south on I-70. The Edwards Jones Dome had a critical violation rate of 21 percent -- one location didn't have hand towels at a sink. Busch Stadium vendors were at 12 percent, again no hand towels at two locations. But it's the Scottrade Center (where the St. Louis Blues play), that should be considered the fine dining of the NHL. The stadium's vendors had a 0 percent critical violation rate. If only people went to see hockey.
The moral of the story is: at least we're not Denver, where inspectors cited vendors at a rate of 61 percent. The worst culprit? Fruit flies in the bottles of whiskey at three bars.