Indoor Sporting Events! - Peanut Allergy Information

Indoor Sporting Events!

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Disclaimer: I know it's silly of me to even think of doing this, but...I don't want to let my allergies win! [img][/img]

I am a HUGE sports fanatic. My favorite sports are football and hockey. Football is fine, as it's played outdoors, and there is plenty of fresh, clean air, and most people that sit around me are made aware of my peanut allergies and are usually considerate about their shells and/or plain not eating peanuts at NFL games.

However, hockey is a big problem, as it's played indoors with re-circulated air. I have gone to several Colorado Avalanche games in the past, after my allergy developed into what it is now, and have spent several subsequent nights in ERs for the anaphylactic shock from breathing in the dust in the air. In all of these cases, I have sat in the general admission nosebleed seats, and stayed through the game even though I started to have a reaction after a little while into the first part of the game.

I stopped going to indoor events 3 years ago, after using up all of the tickets that I had had given to me/purchased/etc (and all my trips to the ER). I actually hadn't put two and two together with the first 2-3 visits to the ER - just thought that it was because of the temperature changes (it was mostly asthma/breathing related) or exercise or excitement...the sore throat was explained by the yelling at the game...the itchy skin by dry skin from the temperatures/air/etc.

Anyway, after figuring it all out, I stopped going to games. It SUCKS. Hockey is just NOT the same on tv as it is in person. I was a member of a Arena football fan club last year, but was unable to attend any games at all, because of my allergy -- I'd sit in the parking lot, taking care of the tailgates, while everyone else enjoyed the game!

My boyfriend just won 2 tickets to an upcoming Avalanche game in the luxury box from his job. He wants to take me, but I'm worried about how my body will react. I don't currently have medical insurance, so I'm having to depend on epinephrine inhalers, an epi-pen I got just before my insurance expired, and benedryl. I talked to my dad who is a Physician Assistant and he suggested that I purchase a HEPA-Filter mask to wear.

Does anyone else have experience with going to indoor sporting events where peanuts are present? Wearing a HEPA filter? Etc? I'd like to go with my b/f, and I know it'd be stupid to do so without preparing myself for it completely. If I don't feel comfortable, he has backups ready to go in my place, but I desperatly want to go - I want my "pre-PA" lifestyle back so badly sometimes. (I just had a really bad experience with an airline making me feel like I was a problem/inconvenience to them because they couldn't notate and take care of the problem!!!)

On Oct 14, 2005

hi princess, I don't normally come into this forum, since it is my son that is pa. I saw that no one had responded to you though, so I decided to check it out.

How are you reacting? Is it airborne or do you think you are touching things that are cross contaminated, like the seats, etc?

Maybe you could bring a blanket to sit on if it is the seats. Wait and go in right before the game starts so you are not there quite as long. If it is airborne I'm not quite sure how you can go about it.

It really stinks that pa is keeping you from doing something you love. Maybe you can contact the stadium about having a peanut free section?

On Oct 17, 2005

just wanted to offer you some support. i am also a huge sports fan and love going to all different kinds of sporting events, indoors and out. this november i will be going to both tampa bay bucs and lightning games, as well as some college sporting events.

i was born with PA and its only gone from bad to worse over time, so ive always had to deal with peanuts and reactions at sporting events. i know it can be really rough at times but i just can't sacrifice my love for sports.

i always bring benadryl and an epi with me and if i really feel that i am at risk, i will talk to the first aid staff to let them know where i am sitting, etc. they are always very understanding and thank me for letting them know so they can be prepared just in case. if, during the game (especially at an indoor event) i start to worry about a reaction i will step outside for a little while to get some fresh air. i usually have seats on the first level of the venue, so it's not hard for me to get in and out without missing too much action.

sorry i can't really help you with the breathing devices as i know nothing about these. but if you would feel more comfortable, i would suggest bringing one just in case.

i hope you are able to make it to the avs game without a problem. best wishes.

On Oct 24, 2005

How many seats in a luxury box? Might be less problems if there are less seats. (I'm assuming it is literally boxed off from the other seats.) Of course, there is always the risk that someone will be eating peanuts there too - but less people, less chance of it.

(You could come to Toronto to see hockey. Here they eat these giant pretzels and drink beer.)

On Nov 10, 2005

hey there princesshinmighty,

i was wondering if you had decided on going to the game or not, and if you went how your experience was?

i just got my tickets in the mail for the november 30th toronto/tampa bay game in tampa. i will let you know how it goes. our seats are one row behind the players bench.

also, i went to the tampa bay bucs (football) game last weekend against the carolina panthers here in tampa, and i was fine the whole time. towards the end of the fourth quarter someone behind me started eating peanuts but i was able to move because the whole stadium had almost emptied out. (the panthers won! woohoo! [img][/img])

On Nov 12, 2005

I have been to the San Jose Sharks game. They accomodated us by seating us in the disabled box where there are fewer people. No one ate peanuts and the usher would have requested people not to if the issue arose. I would recommend a mask as well- the kind hospitals use for respiratory isolation works for me. Box seats if no one is eating peanuts in the box sounds doable, Benadryl and Epi close at hand just in case. I would also wipe down the seats to avoid residue.

On Nov 13, 2005

I attended a hockey game in Des Moines.

I had contacted the arena mgmt ahead of time. We worked it so if we bought tickets in a place where someone was eating peanuts, they would reseat us somewhere else.

We have a new hockey team and the arena is only half full.

Not a single person ate peanuts around me so I felt pretty safe.

I did wear long sleeved everything was was careful not to touch the seat etc. I also put my clothes in the washer as soon as I got home.

I was told that other arenas are starting to set up peanut free zones.

On Jun 16, 2006

I really should stop posting topics and then not getting back to them for a few months...

We did go to the game. The box seats are not "literally" boxed off - there is still plenty of exposure to the "outside" area -- They only seat about 10-12 people per box, and it was a corporate box for the car dealership the B/f was with at the time.

We were actually the first to arrive in the suite, so I was able to grab a behind-the-bar seat (vs. front row in the box, where you're in the air & exposed to people knocking stuff off from the floor above.) and wipe everything down. I informed the host-staff of the allergy, and also spoke to each person when they entered the area. I let them know why I would be sitting in the back, requested that they do not eat nuts, as it would set me at ease a little bit better, I wore a mask/filter (got it at home depot for like 10 bucks -- guaranteed to filter out airborn allergens, etc etc -- got the heaviest duty one available).

I wore the mask the entire time, kept everything simple as to what we brought, etc. Everything that both the b/f & I were wearing immediately was thrown into the wash -- infact, when we were driving home, one of our friends called and asked if we would stop by -- we went home first, changed, threw everything into the wash, washed faces, hands & hair, then went over to the friend's.

Before the game I took a British brand benedryl (They're not the same ingredients, so it doesn't make me pass out muchlike the kind you get in America -- my parents send them to me when they get a chance) so that I could enjoy the game. My b/f and the others ordered some beers (we had already agreed no food during the game) and they messed up the beer order (took like 45 min to get the beer to us, and when they finally got it to us, it was the wrong brand.) So the guy brought us extra beer and a basket of popcorn (the popcorn and everything comes sealed in bags & baskets and everything else). Not even thinking, I munched a few bites of it.

I had a slight reaction (itchy hands, itchy lips and back of the throat) but not anything horrible. After the game, in the car, I took an american benedryl, then went home & changed.

I have gone to many many Broncos games, and not ever really had a problem. I follow the same precautions as far as clothes & such go. Maybe one day I'll have season tickets and will be able to notify/inform/educate the entire section about peanuts and the dangers of the allergies....

Whenever I go to any sporting event, I always try to let the people nearest to me know all of the ins & outs -- It tends to keep the person directly next to me from pulling out the ol' bag oh peanuts. Infact, at the Broncos/Patriots playoff game, I was sitting next to a nice couple. They had gotten there after I had talked to the others around mea bout the allergy (and in the middle of the lineup announcements/entrance of the players -- so there was NO chance to talk to them at that point.) The stadium was loud & rocking at that point and didn't let up until after opening kick off. Right after kickoff, they pulled out their bags of peanuts and actually offered them to me (before eating any themselves.) I refused politely and let them know why. They immediately put them away and said they'd save them for later then.

Most people I've run into are very accomodating -- if only some of the airlines & restaurants would learn how to react! [img][/img]