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Major health violations found at LP Field, Bridgestone Arena

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Health inspectors found 62% of the food vendors at LP Field had violations. Health inspectors found 62% of the food vendors at LP Field had violations.
At Bridgestone Arena, home to the Nashville Predators, 59% of food vendors had violations. At Bridgestone Arena, home to the Nashville Predators, 59% of food vendors had violations.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Sports fans may want to think twice before they grab a hot dog, hamburger or soft drink at their next game in Nashville.

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" revealed that food vendors at two Nashville sports venues were in violation of health codes.

Health inspection reports were gathered from 107 stadiums and arenas across the country, home to Major League Baseball, National Football League, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association teams in 2009.

Health inspectors who visited LP Field, home to the Tennessee Titans, found that 62% of the food vendors had health violations.

The lowest score given to a vendor at that facility was 74 out of 100. That vendor had three critical and 10 non-critical violations.

The Bridgestone Arena, home of the Nashville Predators, had scores only slightly better with 59% of its vendors with violations.

The lowest score at that facility was a 75, because one vendor had three critical and nine non-critical violations.

Critical violations can include presence of insects or rodents, personnel working with infections or not washing their hands properly or toxic items not properly stored.

Sports fan Cody Lee told News 2 he was "a little appalled that that would be happening in Nashville."

News 2 contacted LP Field officials, only to be directed to their vendor, Centerplate, and then to the International Association of Assembly Managers, an organization that represents vendors.

In an email statement, the organization said, in part, "Stadiums and arenas safely serve hundreds of millions of fans annually," and that, "Quality food service is a priority for our member venues."

IAAM also said its food service providers have "thorough quality assurance practices and well-trained managers working to consistently meet high standards."

The FedExForum, home to the Memphis Grizzlies, was also found to be in violation of health codes, but on a smaller scale.

Inspectors found 4% of vendors there had critical violations, including toxic items improperly stored.

Each state has its own set of health standards, and health inspections are sometimes conducted on non-event days.

Find the complete ESPN report here.

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