Ranked 9 out of 30 by the team at Urine Feces Everywhere (UFE), the Seattle Mariners ballpark has landed in the “Worst of the Worst” group. Their park, Safeco Field, was designed to inspire the Seattle Mariners ballplayers and produce revenue for the city of Seattle, which was struggling financially in the 1990′s. The construction of the field was mimicked by the other parks that were going up in the 90′s; the natural grass, the brick facade and the retractable roof were all shared characteristics of these neo-traditional types. So why are all the parks built around the 1990′s with retractable roofs like Chase Field, Rogers Center, Miller Park, and Minute Maid Park scoring higher than Seattle Mariners’ Safeco Park? It is simple: they have better sanitary methods for handling food and drinks for the fans.
As beautiful as Safeco Park is on the outside, it is equally as dirty on the inside. Several UFE violations were reported from the UFE Team, such as cross contamination of food, i.e. touching raw meat then pouring a fan a beer without changing gloves or washing hands. Handling of food was often done with bare hands, without washing hands before or after touching the food. Granted there would have to be a lot of hand washing going on, but that is the purpose of the hand washing stations. It is more work to protect the public from bacteria; the other parks are working harder to properly handle and prepare their food, and that is why it is the other ball parks are getting the higher ratings by UFE!