Amalie Arena, the home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, is responding to an unflattering ESPN report that shed light on health violations at stadium concession stands across the country.
In the report by Outside the Lines, Amalie Arena had the seventh-highest rate for high-level health violations per food outlet in the NHL. Of the 29 food outlets in the arena, 16 were found to have a high-level violation (55.17%) between 2016 and 2017.
As noted in the report, many of the violations pertained to hand-washing issues and equipment problems.
“The violations pertained to employee hand-washing, hand-washing supplies, equipment cleanliness, and employee personal belongings in inappropriate locations,” the report stated.
“Inspectors found violations pertaining to food protection, cross-contamination, plumbing, a mop sink, water filters, and backflow prevention at the same location over five different inspection dates.”
Amalie Arena issued a response on Thursday night:
We are aware of the report published today by ESPN regarding health inspections and arena violations. At AMALIE Arena, we pride ourselves on providing a world class environment for all our guests and the food and beverage experience is very important to us – in fact we are confident that we do an excellent job in this area. However, we will take a close look at the report and respond as necessary to any concerns raised therein.