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McAfee / Oakland Coliseum Had 493 Heath Code Violations In 2007

I found a website by Conde Nast called Portfolio.com and which shows the baseball stadiums that have the best -- and worst -- heath code records. The title of the article is "Foul Ballpark" and the subheading is "even the rats and flies have pretty good seats".

If that's the case then one of the places with the best seats for Rats and Flies is The McAfee / Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland A's and the Oakland Raiders. According to the article, the home of these great teams had 493 Heath Code Violations In 2007. The website points to various online articles as the source for its conclusions.

The website has Oakland front and center as a major violator in this area. It reports that food storage was so bad that food was exposed to "overhead leakage" and that "dirt, insects, rodents, and chemical contamination" was found.

What's so embarrasing about this is that it happened 493 times in one year. There are only 365 days in the year. There are only 82 baseball home game and eight NFL games not including playoffs and preseason, and the Raiders have not been to the playoffs in a while.

So why are we paying a premium for food at the Coliseum if it's not well maintained? And what about the role of SMG? SMG is the private company based in Phili PA that manages the Coliseum stadium. I have ponted to their poor record here in the past, and called for an investigation. But no one has done a thing about SMG's past habits of deferred maintenance. Now, it seems to be impacting the food we eat at baseball and football games.

Plus, McAfee should be concerned because their name's on the building. Does this apply for the Oracle Arena too? I wonder.

This is serious stuff folks. Call your Oakland Councilmember at 510-238-3266 and demand action. After all, it's your facility.
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