The Hartford Yard Goats, a minor league baseball team based in Connecticut, have instituted a peanuts & Cracker Jack ban to accommodate fans with food allergies, many of whom are children.
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Lisa Gable, executive officer of FARE, says many teams and colleges have made some areas peanut-free, or they have set up special games for fans with allergies. The group is partnering with the NBA for a series of games next month, which will feature, nut-free concession stands, or sections. But, the Yard Goats, she said, are the first team affiliated with a major league to simply ban the nuts completely.
Hartford’s decision takes on added significance, Gable said, because it’s a baseball team, a sport linked by song and tradition to peanuts and Cracker Jack, making it all the more significant, she said.