Finally! Our family has been patiently waiting for the Cincinnati Reds to schedule a Peanut Sensitive Day. And waiting. And waiting. About 3 weeks ago we heard about one that was finally scheduled for September 29th-the last regular season game. Just in the nick of time. I was just about to start barraging certain people with phone calls and emails to get this show on the road for next year. It seems the Reds are one of the last on the bandwagon to regularly schedule these types of days so that those with peanut allergies can enjoy a game with a little less stress.
Everything went great, from entering the park to leaving the park and Nathan didn’t have any reactions at all. In fact, I didn’t notice anyone who was needing medical attention for any reason in our section. The ballpark had us pick up our tickets and sign a waiver at a less busy entrance on the back side of the stadium, which was close to our seats. The section was blocked off with Reds employees making sure that no peanuts entered our section. That really helped except for when the peanut vendor walked right next to our section selling peanuts. Um, thanks, but no thanks. Clearly it was a gap in the communication at the ballpark. Oops. The game was sponsored by The Sneaky Chef, so I let their spokesperson know and I’m hoping this will be remedied for next time. The seating area had been cleaned and sanitized that morning to ensure peanut residue had been washed away-and it truly was clean and this extra picky allergy mom was impressed. Spectators in the area were respectful, and it’s definitely something we’ll do again.
The bad news? It started raining and even with raincoats and umbrellas we left early-as did a LOT of other people in the stadium. And the Reds ended up losing. Boo.
The good news? The Sneaky Chef spokesperson says they are working to get 6 games scheduled for next year that are peanut sensitive! Six games! Just as long as they aren’t the last 6 games of the season. And get this. They are also working to get allergen sensitive concessions at these games. How awesome would that be??!! I’m going to bug that Sneaky Chef guy so much so I can get my son some cotton candy, or something equally yummy, at the game! Heehee. I’ll be nice, but it would be so nice to treat Nathan to something that has been out of reach his entire life. I’ll keep ya’ll updated on the blog as well as my Facebook page, and I’m sure you can find more updates on the Cincinnati Reds Fans for a Peanut-Free Night at the Ballpark Facebook Page.
I can’t help but add a few photos from our day….
Nathan wants to meet Joey Votto so bad. Anyone have connections? Maybe if Nathan melted Votto’s heart there’d be a permanent peanut free section at the stadium 🙂
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