SOURCE: Jani-King International

Jani-King International

April 26, 2011 17:34 ET

Cleaning Up After a Baseball Game Is "Nuts" for Jani-King of Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwire - Apr 26, 2011) - Everyone enjoys a classic bag of peanuts when going out to watch America's favorite past time. Peanuts are as much a part of baseball as the seventh inning stretch and who could imagine the game without this long time staple? But if stadium cleanup crews had their way that's just what would happen and actually did for one day in 1950. Paul Fagan, owner of the San Francisco Seals baseball team, got fed up with the huge cost of cleaning up peanut shells from his stadium and tried to ban the sale of peanuts. That ban didn't work, as fans nearly revolted before he quickly removed the ban. For as much as the average fan enjoys their ballgame peanuts, few understand the lengths to which a baseball team has to go to accommodate that pleasure. It requires a team of people all working in unison to blow the shells row by row until they can be collected and swept up to be disposed of, all before the next game can start and the process can be repeated. The peanut seems innocent enough but it can be quite an opponent to face when trying to deliver an ideal environment for fans to enjoy a game.

Some Peanut Shell Clean Up Facts

  • Baseball Patrons eat a LOT of peanuts - The average post-game cleanup is responsible for the removal of over 3,000 lbs of peanut shells, that's the result of nearly 6,000 16oz bags of peanuts, per game!

  • Peanut shell clean up is not cheap - As much as 75% of labor cost for a post-game cleanup goes into the removal of just peanut shells, in many cases this causes the sale of peanuts to actually result in a loss of revenue

  • It's a dirty job but someone's got to do it - It requires 1 team member whose sole job is dedicated to nothing other than clearing the stadium drains of peanut shells

  • No rest for the weary - Unlike football stadiums, baseball stadiums often have many games a week or even back to back games on occasion, this means the clean up process is nearly 24/7 and pre-game, in-game, and post-game cleanup crews often overlap in their work schedules to keep the stadium in pristine condition

Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati is one of only 2 stadiums that require pressure washing after every single game, which is nearly 200 man hours after all 81 home games throughout the year. That's a total of more than 16,000 man hours just for pressure washing alone, not including other events. 36 workers manage the park and it takes 125 workers to complete a post-game cleanup. In all it is high efficiency teamwork that goes into providing the fans of the Cincinnati Reds the best possible experience when they come out to cheer their team on to victory. Jani-King of Cincinnati is more than happy to provide that service and they take great pride in doing it right.

Proudly serving clients big and small in the Cincinnati metro area for nearly 20 years and serving as the exclusive stadium cleaning service of Great American Ballpark for over 2 years, Jani-King of Cincinnati has proven to be a leader in the commercial cleaning industry.


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