Revealed: Dirty Sports Venues Report 2022

the least hygienic sports stadiums and arenas in north america

As every dedicated fan knows, facilities like food, bathrooms, and in-stadium sports betting can vary a lot depending on the team you root for and the city you live in. Some stadiums try to provide the best facilities for fans while others are lacking behind.

But which stadium can be named the dirtiest? To find out, we’ve looked at reviews on each stadium’s hygiene. We’ve also looked at the number of food safety violations in each arena. The dirty sports stadiums results are in. How did your favorite stadium fair out?

The Dirtiest Venues According To Fans

The Dirtiest Stadiums According To Fans

1. RingCentral Coliseum (4.2% Dirty reviews)

Taking first place is Oakland, California’s RingCentral Coliseum, the MLB ballpark home to the Oakland Athletics. The arena is notorious for its lack of cleanliness and has an unfortunate tendency to flood with sewage, resulting in 4.2% of visitors highlighting how dirty the stadium is.

2. FedExField (3.2% Dirty reviews)

Up next is FedExField, home of the Washington Commanders. Fans are particularly critical of the cleanliness of the bathroom facilities at the stadium in Summerfield, Maryland and highlighted the seating as dirty and poorly maintained too.

3. Wells Fargo Center (2.9% Dirty reviews)

The Wells Fargo Center takes third place, with nearly 3% of fan reviews highlighting how dirty the stadium is. Fans highlight the arena’s dirty floors, a persistent pest problem, and poorly cleaned bathroom facilities.

The Dirtiest Stadiums According To Fans

The Cleanest Venues According To Fans

3. Cleanest Stadiums Betsperts Media & Technology dirty sports stadiums

Seven locations share the title of the least dirty stadium as none of their reviews mention words like “dirty” and “gross”, with North Carolina and Minnesota both having two in each state. Fan reviews of these arenas mainly highlight how clean and well-organized the stadium’s facilities are. Below are the seven cleanest stadiums in the united states, which all tie in first place.

PNC Arena, Enterprise Center, Bank of America Stadium, TIAA Bank Field, U.S. Bank Stadium, Xcel Energy Center, Coors Field (0.0% Dirty reviews)

PlaceStadium NameDirty Review %
1stPNC Arena0%
1stEnterprise Center0%
1stBank of America Stadium0%
1stTIAA Bank Field0%
1stU.S. Bank Stadium0%
1stXcel Energy Center0%
1stCoors Field0%

2. AT&T Stadium, Amalie Arena, T-Mobile Arena (0.3% Dirty reviews)

Three stadiums share second place, including two hockey rinks, Amalie Arena and T-Mobile Arena. Just 0.3% of their reviews talked about the stadium’s cleanliness, with reviewers more concerned about the low quality of the food served in the arenas.

PlaceStadium NameDirty Review %
2ndAT&T Stadium0.3%
2ndAmalie Arena0.3%
2ndT-Mobile Arena0.3%

3. Little Caesars Arena, Caesars Superdome, Moda Center, Gainbridge Fieldhouse (0.4% Dirty reviews)

Up next are four arenas, three being basketball stadiums. Each stadium only has a single review commenting on the dirtiness of its facilities. With an average of 274 reviews for each of these venues, this brings their proportion of dirty reviews to only 0.4% and takes them to third place.

PlaceStadium NameDirty Review %
3rdLittle Caesars Arena0.4%
3rdCaesars Superdome0.4%
3rdModa Center0.4%
3rdGainbridge Fieldhouse0.4%
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The Venues with the Highest Food Safety Violation Rate

5. Highest food safety rate Betsperts Media & Technology dirty sports stadiums

1. Spectrum Center (92% Food safety violation rate)

The home of the Charlotte Hornets has the unfortunate title of the most food safety violations, with a whopping 92% violation rate. Violations included not noting when food should be cooked, served, or thrown out and even beer leaking from the ceiling of a restaurant.

2. American Airlines Center (83.1% Food safety violation rate)

Up next is the American Airlines Center with 54 of its 65 outlets having serious violations. Health inspectors visiting the stadium in Dallas found moldy food, a contaminated ice machine, and an insect infestation.

3. Bank of America Stadium (82.6% Food safety violation rate)

Taking third place is the Bank of America Stadium, located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The stadium, home to the Carolina Panthers, had a food safety violation rate of over 80%, with issues ranging from expired foods to cross-contamination risks.

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The Venues with the Lowest Food Safety Violation Rate

7. Lowest food safety rate table Betsperts Media & Technology dirty sports stadiums

Chase Center (1.1% Food safety violation rate)

The Chase Center in San Francisco, California takes the top spot as the safest stadium when it comes to food. Of the 89 vendors inspected in the stadium that plays host to the Golden State, only one had high-level violations.

State Farm Arena (4.2% Food safety violation rate)

Up next is another basketball stadium, the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia. The stadium has previously had some low-level violations, but two outlets were cited for serious contraventions of food safety, resulting in a 4.2% food safety violation rate.

NRG Stadium 4.4% (Food safety violation rate)

Taking third place is the NRG Stadium with a 4.4% food safety violation rate. The stadium home to the Houston Texans had two high-level violations from its 45 vendors and has previously been reported to have a pest problem in some areas.

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Methodology

  • Percentage of negative reviews: the number of reviews for each stadium featuring the words “dirty” “gross” and “filthy” divided by the total number of reviews for each stadium taken from Yelp
  • Food safety violation rates: the percentage of food outlets in each stadium that had been cited for high-level food safety violations, taken from ESPN.
  • Stadiums with a total number of reviews below 100 were removed to avoid skewing the data.

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WRITTEN BY

Austin Harper

Austin is a co-founders at Betsperts and a devoted father of 2. Born and raised in Atlanta Georgia, Austin is passionate about the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, and Falcons. Austin received his Bachelors of Science from Clemson University and gets back for Clemson football and basketball games every chance he gets!

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