June 14, 2011 - Northwoods League (Northwoods) - Madison Mallards
Watching baseball and eating peanuts often go hand in hand. But for children with food allergies, watching a game in close proximity to nuts isn't easy. It can turn a fun event into an uncomfortable or even dangerous experience.
To help create a safe environment for those dealing with food allergies, the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin (FAAW) is teaming up with the Madison Mallards
The Mallards game on Saturday, June 18 (6:05 p.m. vs. the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters) at the New Duck Pond has been designated as allergy-friendly.
As part of the special night, an area in the TDS Triple Play Club has been designated as "peanut-free," where no nuts will be sold or allowed, and a designated nut-free concessions area will be available for FAAW members and guests. In addition, food labels will be available before and during the game to review ingredient listings.
The event is the first allergy-friendly baseball game of its kind in Madison and is modeled after similar events held by the Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox and UW Athletics.
FAAW advocates on behalf of Madison and Dane County families with food allergies, holding events and coordinating educational efforts. Those affected by food allergies can suffer life-threatening reactions if they accidentally ingest, or come in contact with, certain foods.
The group is especially grateful to the Mallards for being receptive to the needs of its fans, says FAAW president Sheree' Godwin.
"We can't thank the Mallards enough for helping our families have a night out at the ball park in a safe, nut-free environment," she says.
Despite these accommodations, fans with food allergies are still encouraged to use normal precautions, as the game cannot be guaranteed to be 100 percent allergen free.
Tickets are $20 and include all you can eat food (including chips, sodas, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers and water) before the 7th inning and three draft beers for adults.
To purchase tickets, visit mallardsgroups.com and enter the code "allergy" and select your seats.