What’s a baseball game without peanuts? Indianapolis is about to find out when America’s national pastime goes without its most iconic snack Wednesday at Victory Field as a part of Peanut Allergy Awareness Night.
“We’ve received calls from fans over the years about not being able to come to the ballpark due to peanut allergy,” Jon Glesing, the Indianpolis Indians’ senior marketing and communications manager, told the Indianapolis Star. “Awareness for this is far from new in baseball, [but] we’re finally at a point we can coordinate an awareness night.”
The game against the Louisville Bats is the Indians’ first night of its kind in a stadium that typically sells more than 30,000 peanut bags per season. Peanuts, cracker jack and peanut M&Ms will not be sold, and those sitting in lawn seating will be barred from bringing their own peanut snacks. But as the Indians themselves noted on their website, despite cleaning efforts, there may still be be peanut particles in the stadium.
“[The event] does not mean the ballpark will be completely peanut-free,” the team warned. “Fans with peanut allergies should exercise their normal precautions.”