Take me out to the ballgame, but hold the peanuts and Cracker Jacks. At the Indians home opener at Victory Field, fans won't be able to buy or bring any peanut products into the stadium. "We've received calls from fans over the years about not being able to come to the ballpark due to peanut allergy," says Indians senior marketing and communications manager Jon Glesing. "Awareness for this is far from new in baseball," he adds. And that's true.
Here in Toronto, the Blue Jays offer a "nut-reduced" zone for a few games each season, a relief to those suffering from life-threatening peanut and nut allergies. There are a number of stadiums offering peanut-free games. For more information, visit Free to Enjoy Baseball.
Peanut- and nut-free game info for the Toronto Blue Jays are as follows:
It's no small feat removing peanuts and nuts from baseball games; the two go hand-in-hand, and many fans will surely voice their displeasure at not being able to enjoy the iconic snacks. But anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and kill within minutes. And while there aren't actually that many deaths from anaphylaxis, certainly the precautions are worthwhile if they save even one life.