When the Pistons fled their suburban home at The Palace of Auburn Hills for the glamour (?) of downtown Detroit and the new Little Caesars Arena, they may have saved some lives.

The Palace, a 30-year-old venue, closed after its main client left, but the place left an indelible stain on the food service world when it was revealed this week that they had among the worst food of any national sports venue.

ESPN's Outside The Lines conducted the survey of health violations, food prices and quality over the past year, and found the Palace to be the second worse arena for food in the nation.

Among the problems uncovered at The Palace, according to Outside the Lines:

Inspectors found a gallon of milk past the expiration date in a cooler and chemicals stored next to bar syrups during a June 23, 2016, inspection. That was one of three priority violations at this location during the inspection.

Copper-lined cups were used to serve Moscow mules at a bar on Dec. 21, 2016. Using cups lined only with copper can create a chemical reaction that allows ingestion of the copper, and such cups are banned for use in commercial food service operations by many states' food codes.

Inspectors saw employees without hair nets in the club mini-kitchen on June 28, 2017.

Other Detroit venues also fared poorly. The old Joe Louis Arena came in at 77th out of 105 venues. Comerica Park, home of the Tigers was at 61, the new Little Caesars Arena came in at #50, and Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions was at #32.


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