Football Pitfall: Stadium Kitchens that Violate Health Codes

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Hot dogs are cooked during a media food tour at Yankee Stadium in New York April 15, 2009. The Yankees first home game at the new Yankee Stadium is scheduled for Thursday. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES SPORT BASEBALL FOOD DRINK)

Football season starts today. How can you show team spirit while staying healthy?Despite recent concerns over a link between nitrates and bladder cancer, the occasional indulgence in stadium junk food isn’t terribly damaging — as long as the stadium you’re eating in hasn’t failed any health-code inspections.

For a reality check on what’s in your brat, have a look at ESPN’s comprehensive list of health-code violations at stadium concession stands.  Whatever your feelings about the Redskins, Washington, D.C., was the clear loser: 100% of the kitchens at the Verizon Center violated health code. Miami’s Sun Life stadium — home to the Dolphins — didn’t fare much better with a 93% fail rate. For nachos without a side of mouse droppings, head north to sparkling-clean New England Patriots’ Gilette Stadium in Boston, which made an end-run to a perfect score.