According to health inspection reports uncovered by ESPN, every food vendor at the Verizon Center was cited with a “critical” health violation in 2009.
At least ten of the vendors were cited by health inspectors for mouse droppings found on the premises. D.C. Health Regulations dictate that the Verizon Center had five days to resolve the critical violations.
Ted Leonsis (COL ’77), the newly-approved majority owner of the Verizon Center, quickly responded to the report yesterday.
“I was surprised and disappointed by ESPN’s recent industry-wide report and ratings related to the cleanliness of professional sports venues, including Verizon Center,” Leonsis wrote on his blog. “When and if issues arise, we will take appropriate action, and from what I understand we have done exactly that in the past.”
Although Vox trusts Leonsis—after all, the guy promised to “literally clean up after [the] fans,“—we doubt we’ll be eating much food in the Verizon Center anytime soon.