"Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack" goes the famous line from Take Me Out to the Ballgame, but potentially lethal nut allergies have major league teams re-thinking the peanut’s place at the old ball game.
This year, the Toronto Blue Jays will offer peanut-free seating at three home games at the Rogers Centre.
Peanuts and other nuts will be prohibited inside the so-called "peanut controlled zones" set aside in the stadium’s 200-level to provide a safe environment for fans with allergies.
Other major league parks have made similar moves in response to rising concerns over nut allergies.
Blue Jays spokesman Stephen Brooks said the move clears the way for fans "who otherwise would be precluded from attending a game."
The move was praised by a spokesperson for the Canadian Anaphylaxis Initiative.
The peanut-free zones will be available for the following games: May 28 against the Baltimore Orioles, July 24 against the Oakland A’s and Aug. 10 against the New York Yankees. Customers can get peanut-free seating by calling 416-341-3175.
The team says that while stadium staff will make an effort to keep the sections nut-free, wind and other conditions mean they can not guarantee peanut shells and other residue won't be blown into the peanut-free seating sections.
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