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Community Partnerships a Win-Win

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It’s great to see a sports stadium partnering with the community to provide continued on-the-job training and opportunities. We’re seeing more partnerships like these pop-up around the country – and are encouraging our partners and clients to get more involved and do the same. With all new builds, emphasis should not just be on construction jobs, but continued community outreach and access, particularly in the hospitality spaces. A win-win.READ MORE

Fan-friendly pricing, good or bad?

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By: Rachel Wolff, Culinary Strategist, Food Service Matters

Fan-friendly pricing. It sure seems like a good idea, right? Wrong. We’re all for providing fans with the best experience, not price-gauging them, providing higher quality food and beverage, but don’t we think this is the best way to create a first class food and beverage offering.READ MORE

How to improve food safety in MLB ballparks

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By: TANNER WALTERS | Photo: AMY BROTHERS/ THE DENVER POST

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There’s a whole world of food safety violations at Major League stadiums that most fans would prefer not to think about. From poor employee hygiene practices to food held at dangerous temperatures, health inspectors consistently find—and correct—a myriad of issues when they enter venues year after year.

That remains the reality in 2017. Sports Illustrated analyzed thousands of public inspection records gathered from local health departments in the United States and Canada, finding that all but four ballparks reached double-digit critical violations in their most recent inspections, and one managed to break triple digits.READ MORE

Ranking MLB ballparks by food safety inspections

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By: Tanner Walters, Sports Illustrated |  Photo: ERIC GAY/AP IMAGES

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Millions of baseball fans attend ballparks across North America annually, buying some peanuts and Cracker Jack—and hot food, too. But what are they getting themselves into?

Thousands of public inspection records gathered from local health departments in the United States and Canada reveal that food safety varies widely across Major League Baseball’s venues. Inspectors uncovered many concerning practices, from nearly 250 total violations at Dodger Stadium to a single concession stand at Tropicana Field that racked up 25 violations alone. They also found stadiums, like Safeco Field, in stellar condition.READ MORE