Look, we all know the hotdogs at some of these places are a little crunchy. We have learned to look past that, but we don’t know why. Jacksonville fans found out quickly as their Stadium Concession stands were found with dead rodents in them. TIAA Bank Field came under recent inspection, and let’s say it wasn’t only dead rodents they found behind the counter. 129 different violations were found during the entire examination.
On November 6th, while Jacksonville took on the Raiders, inspectors worked hard, making sure they hit everything they could. During their inspection, they found dead rodents, feces, and expired operating licenses from 29 different vendors. Delaware North, the company that operates those stands, quickly released a statement to Jacksonville News:
“Delaware North follows the highest standards in foodservice and has strict policies to ensure compliance with all applicable food safety standards and regulations,” the statement read. “A team of health inspectors spent the day on Nov. 6 inspecting the foodservice locations during a live event with more than 62,000 fans. Our managers worked closely with the health inspectors during the visit, and most of the violations identified were rectified immediately or within 24 hours.”
Despite these failures, all other Concession stands, however, passed inspections. This is a reoccurring theme for Jacksonville Jaguars, as they had a run-in with inspectors back in 2016-17. Remember, when going to Jacksonville, they have ranked 27-30 for the highest violations per Concession stand. Let’s put this in a little bit of perspective; according to Betsperts, Jacksonville is the only Top 20 stadium in any negative category mentioned for the NFL from Florida. Amalie Arena actually makes the top 10 in total cleanest of all when it comes to Florida. [Source Sports Illustrated]