Soldier Field Food Inspections Done During Off-Season

The city says it's confident in its stadium inspection process

Friday, Jan 21, 2011  |  Updated 8:30 AM CDT
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Soldier Field Food Inspections Done During Off-Season

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Fans arrive at Soldier Field before the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game between the Bears and Seahawks.

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Drop that chili cheesedog, Bears fans!

A Chicago Tribune report unveils that health officials inspect Chicago's big stadiums, including Soldier Field, during an unexpected time of the year: the off-season, when many concessions stands aren't operating.

According to the report, inspectors haven't tested Soldier Field's "food venues, restrooms and kitchens" during football season for the past three years. And usually they're responding to a complaint, sources said. 

In a statement to the Tribune, the city responded by saying annual inspections occur during off-season to give enough time for educating vendors on food safety.

The city is confident in the process, according to the statement, and looks to 20 years without any confirmed breakouts of foodborne illnesses at Chicago sports stadiums for proof.

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