FLORENCE, Ky. -- Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the crowd, buy me some... wait hold the peanuts.
That’s what a Northern Kentucky independent minor league baseball team is expecting its fans to say this season, as it takes peanuts off the menu and bans them from the ballpark.
Florence Freedom announced Thursday that it would transform UC Health Stadium into an allergy friendly ballpark to cater to families that don't bring their children to the games because of peanut allergies.
"It's a small thing we can do. We can still enjoy a game without peanuts, but a kid that can't come here because of peanuts can't enjoy a game at all," said Sarah Eichenberger, a spokesperson for the Florence Freedom team.
On May 15, the start of the team's 2014 season, fans will no longer be able to purchase shelled peanuts, peanut M&Ms or frozen treats covered with the nut. The team will also post large signs outside prohibiting fans from bringing the snack into the park.
"We'll service allergy friendly alternatives. We'll have a couple of trail mixes, different flavors of chips and chocolate," said Eichenberger.
Minor and major league baseball teams across the country have held peanut sensitive nights for years, but Freedom is claiming to be the first team to get rid of peanuts full-time. It's a bold move in the All-American sport that's so often associated with the snack, and it's shocking to "baseball purists" who believe the two go hand in hand.
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