City of Anaheim Smells a Rat at Angel Stadium

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Cleaning crews at Angel Stadium plan to change their postgame schedule after food vendors were cited more than 100 times for vermin violations in the past two years.

Until now, cleaning crews wouldn't start removing leftover food and garbage from the stands until the morning after a game. Nighttime cleanups could begin as early as last night, said Tim Mead, vice president of communications for the Angels.

An investigation by the Orange County Register found Angel Stadium to be much more infested than any other Southern California baseball venue.

There were 118 major and minor vermin violations since 2005 at the stadium. An analysis of Dodger Stadium and San Diego's Petco Park found a combined nine vermin violations in the same time period.

"Our expectations are that Angels baseball will immediately address these issues," city manager David M. Morgan said in a statement.

-- From News Services

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