You’re out! Peanuts, Cracker Jack banned from minor league ballpark, a 1st for pro sports

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack? Not anymore at Dunkin’ Donuts Park, where the Hartford (Connecticut) Yard Goats play.

This season, the Class AA affiliate of the Colorado Rockies is becoming what’s believed to be the first professional sports venue to go completely – and permanently –peanut-free. 

Peanuts are one of the most common and deadliest allergies in the U.S, especially among children, like seven-year-old Henry Blakesley of Wrentham, Massachusetts.

“Baseball games are really challenging for someone with a nut allergy, because everyone’s throwing shells around,” said his father, Ben. “For my son, if he has any kind of contact, if he steps on a peanut and takes off his shoe, he could go into anaphylactic shock. A lot of people think if they have an EpiPen, they’re fine, but it’s not enough. If the airway closes, that’s it for them.”

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