By Tiffany Williams –
In 2018, H. Eric Cannon, PharmD, FAMCP wrote in the American Journal of Managed Care that “The prevalence of peanut allergies, the most common food allergy in children, has tripled in the past 2 decades. Today, up to 2.5% of the pediatric population has been diagnosed with a peanut allergy. Peanut allergies result in significant medical, out-of-pocket, and opportunity costs to payers, parents, and employers.”
In their upcoming back-to-back homestands the Worcester Red Sox have announced, “Addressing the desires of many families in Central Massachusetts, the Worcester Red Sox will present Peanut Allergy-Friendly Nights at Polar Park.”
“Peanut Allergy-Friendly Nights” at Polar Park will be Tuesday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 17.
The Worcester Red Sox say, “The club hopes to create a more comfortable opportunity for fans with peanut allergies to attend WooSox games at Polar Park.”
A deep cleaning of the seating bowl, the concourses, and the DCU Level will be done on the Mondays prior to each Peanut Allergy-Friendly Night.
On each of the Peanut Allergy-Friendly Nights, the Worcester Red Sox say that the sale or consumption of peanut products will not be allowed.
Brooke Cooper, the Worcester Red Sox Vice President of Marketing in a statement said, “We have attended Major League Baseball meetings and seminars that have heightened our awareness and enlightened us about the plight of families who need to be so cautious of peanuts and related allergens.” Brooke Cooper adds, “We were truly touched by how many families seek to come to baseball games if only they can be assured that the ballpark will be friendly to those with this serious allergy. We view these two dates as a pilot as we consider our plans for 2022. We welcome feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.”