Report: Concessions At Arrowhead, Kauffman Stadium Are ‘Putting Fans’ Health At Risk’


There is a very, very good reason why Chiefs fans tailgate before entering Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday’s and ESPN has explained why to the masses.

A damning report by ESPN’s ‘Outside The Line’ suggests concessions provided by Aramark to both Kauffman Stadium and Arrowhead Stadium are ‘putting fans’ health at risk’ due to multiple health code violations. Some of those violations include cockroaches in vending areas, mouse feces on the same tray as pizza dough, and mold growth in ice machines.

Mmm, mold growth.

Here are some fun quotes from the ‘Outside The Lines’ report.

"The Chiefs also issued a statement: “We’re continually looking for new ways to enhance the fan experience and, for the past four seasons, we have partnered with Aramark to transform and elevate our general concession areas. The food and beverage service and selections delivered by Aramark are important parts of the Arrowhead experience.”"

Yes, Aramark is important to the Arrowhead experience in the sense that you could leave with Ebola. (Or something like that, I don’t understand science.)

"In July 2010, “Outside the Lines” conducted a comprehensive review of food safety at all 107 venues for professional football, hockey, baseball and basketball in North America. In that report, 62 percent of Kauffman’s vendors had critical violations, and at Arrowhead, it was 56 percent. Aramark began its contracts with Kauffman in 2007 and started one with Arrowhead, for general concessions only, in 2010. Costa said his position was created as a result of the “Outside the Lines” report."

There’s something to the idea of both the Royals and Chiefs reading a report that says over half of your concession vendors have ‘critical violations’ and then you continue to employ them to distribute food to your fans. Well done, Chiefs and Royals: You’ve got to have cannonball-sized testicles to pull off that move.

Here’s the part where I show you pictures of things that could potentially ruin your appetite. Enjoy!

Tasty. Zesty, really. I’m sure that mold will be killed by some of the massive amounts of alcohol I’ve consumed prior to entering Arrowhead. That’s what I’m going to tell myself, anyway.

What do we got next, ‘Outside The Lines’?

I don’t know what disturbs me more: the fact that this burger has a boat load of ‘something’ growing on it or that Arrowhead and Kauffman REFUSE to let Oklahoma Joe’s, Gates, or Arthur Bryant’s take care of all meat-related concessions at Arrowhead. This is infuriating to me.

One more, this one is my favorite.

Yep, that would be a ladle sitting in a trash can full of garbage because the cook looked at the trash can and thought ‘this seems like the best place to put the ladle I’m using.’ The person is literally standing next to the ladle he or she put in the trash can as if to say, ‘I ain’t eating this shit, why do I care?’

Wonderful, just wonderful.

So, yes, this is why we tailgate, and why we may or may not sneak our own snacks and beverages into the game.