The Nashville Sounds are hosting a peanut-free game Monday night in partnership with the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center.
The purpose is to bring awareness to those who suffer from peanut allergies.
Dr. Megan Stauffer with the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center said that people who are allergic to peanuts can have mild to severe reactions even from touching products with peanuts.
“It can be very serious. Some people can have skin symptoms, hives or swelling, but it can lead to swelling of the throat [and] wheezing. Unfortunately, there are approximately 15 deaths a year due to peanut allergy,” Dr. Stauffer explained.
Volunteers disinfected Greer Stadium over the weekend, and no peanuts or peanut-related products will be sold or permitted on the grounds during the game.
“Peanuts at a ball game is a ritual that most of us partake in without even batting an eyelash,” said Sounds General Manager Brad Tammen. “However, to those with peanut allergies, eating nuts at a game is not an option. With Peanut Free Night, we hope to bring awareness about the struggle faced by those with peanut and food allergies.”
Some of the foods that will be taken off the shelves for the game are Cracker Jack, peanut M&Ms, Dippin' Dots ice cream and all shelled peanuts.
The game against the Albuquerque Isotopes begins at 7:05 p.m.
To read more about Monday's game or the Nashville Sounds, visit their Web site.