Published: Jul 26, 2010 11:32 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 26, 2010 7:12 AM EDT

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reviewed health department inspection reports for food and beverage outlets at all 107 North American arenas and stadiums.  These include homes to Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association teams in 2009.

Health inspectors, stadium managers and food service companies all admit it's a massive task to serve food to tens of thousands of fans at sporting events.  But the pressure to serve food quickly may be leading to problems.

Here is how Florida shapes up, according to ESPN's study:

American Airlines Arena
Miami Heat
Vendors with critical violations: 93%

Inspection report excerpt: Critical violations included several safety issues related to electrical wiring and such equipment as gas boilers.


Amway Arena
Orlando Magic
Vendors with critical violations: 75%

Inspection report excerpt: At a location that sells fish, inspectors found potentially hazardous ready-to-eat food not consumed/sold within a week of opening/preparation.


BankAtlantic Center
Florida Panthers
Vendors with critical violations: 67%

Inspection report excerpt: Inspectors issued several violations for soiled ice bins and coolers.


Jacksonville Municipal Stadium
Jacksonville Jaguars
Vendors with critical violations: 77%

Inspection report excerpt: At least 11 locations cited for holding hot food at temperatures below 135 degrees, causing potential bacterial growth.


Raymond James Stadium
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Vendors with critical violations: 84%

Inspection report excerpt: Inspectors found chicken tenders not being cooked to the required 165 degrees.


St. Pete Times Forum
Tampa Bay Lightning
Vendors with critical violations: 88%

Inspection report excerpt: At one location with five critical violations, an inspector saw an employee handle dirty dishes and then put away clean dishes without washing his/her hands or changing gloves. The same location lacked soap at a hand sink.


Sun Life Stadium
Miami Dolphins, Florida Marlins
Vendors with critical violations: 93%

Inspection report excerpt: In June 2009, 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. When inspectors checked, they issued a critical violation for a buildup of slime inside the frozen drinks machine.


Tropicana Field
Tampa Bay Rays
Vendors with critical violations: 100%

Inspection report excerpt: Several violations addressed dirty countertops, utensils and equipment. Although every report indicated a critical violation, all vendors met basic inspection standards to keep operating.

To read the entire study, click here.