Wrigley Field food ranks 8th safest in study; Guaranteed Rate is 18th


Phil ThompsonContact ReporterChicago Tribune

Food sold at Wrigley Field rated eighth safest among 28 baseball stadiums reviewed in a Sports Illustrated study.

SI analyzed health department inspection records and other data to determine which ballparks have the safest concessions.

Wrigley’s most recent inspections turned up 36 total violations and eight critical violations, which pose the highest safety risk to fans.

SI noted: “The critical issues involved either foods at improper temperatures … or improper rodent- and insect-proofing measures on kitchen doors. No rodent activity was observed. Inspectors did ultimately dispose of 25 pounds of food.”

The White Sox’s Guaranteed Rate Field, ranked 18th, had 28 critical violations, according to Sports Illustrated’s findings.

“Dozens of mice droppings in multiple locations? Flies under prep tables? The mid-June inspection at Guaranteed Rate Field revealed a plethora of violations — many critical — in Chicago.”

Seattle’s Safeco Field topped the list while Tampa Bay’s Tropicana got the worst rating, though Cleveland and Detroit were left off the list for lack of data.

Sports Illustrated’s review of inspections of Chicago’s ballparks suggest Wrigley has improved while the Guaranteed Rate has worsened since a 2011 Tribune report.

Chicago’s health department found 15 critical violations at U.S. Cellular (now Guaranteed Rate) Field, and, within a two-week period, caught 29 critical violations at Wrigley. Food was kept at wrong temperatures at the former Cell and inspectors discover “black slime” on ice at Wrigley. Before that year, the city had inspected concessions before the season, not while they were operating