Peanut-free Day at Whitecaps game! June 2nd

Posted on: Mon, 05/31/2004 - 2:47am
Lovey's picture
Joined: 03/22/2004 - 09:00


Hold the Peanuts! Whitecaps Host Second Annual Peanut Free Baseball Game

May 28, 2004 - COMSTOCK PARK, MI - Last year, an Ada second grader was able to safely attend his first baseball game when the Whitecaps took peanuts off the menu for an afternoon. This year, that same boy will attend his second baseball game on Wednesday, June 2 at 11:00 a.m. as the 'Caps host what has now become an annual event - Peanut Free Day.
"Last year, we received so much positive feedback that we knew we had to do it again this year," said Whitecaps Food and Beverage Manager Matt Timon. "This year, we won'' sell peanuts or nuts of any kind anywhere in the ballpark. We'll also be giving the whole ballpark a thorough cleaning the night before to try and take care of any peanut residue. While we won't sell or cook peanuts that day, the Whitecaps can't guarantee that there won't be peanut residue in the park or that other fans won't sneak peanuts into the ballpark."

While one child was the impetus for the peanut free game last season, the Whitecaps found that dozens of peanut allergic children took advantage of the opportunity. According to a recent study by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, more than three million Americans suffer from a peanut allergy. For those people, being around a peanut or even a peanut shell can be life threatening.

"Making peanut free day an annual event was an easy decision," said Timon. "Our vendors who sell peanuts and other peanut products have been incredibly supportive and they're just as excited as we are to be able to offer this opportunity to people who would not normally be able to come to the ballpark."

During the Wednesday, June 2nd School Day Game, peanuts will not be available at any concession area, including the suite level. Timon and his staff will also pull roasted almonds, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Kit Kat Bars, nutty cones, sunflower seeds and nut topping for the soft serve ice cream from the menu. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. for the special matinee 11:00 a.m. game. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling the Whitecaps Ticket Office at (616) 784-4131.

Posted on: Mon, 05/31/2004 - 7:16am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

How wonderful! I wish I lived nearby to support them.
Nobody should have to miss out on the joys of baseball!

Posted on: Thu, 06/03/2004 - 3:06am
Jana R's picture
Joined: 02/09/1999 - 09:00

Did anybody from go? Here's article:
[i][b] No-peanut zone makes Fifth Third Ballpark safe haven[/b]
Thursday, June 03, 2004
By Shannon Vesper
The Grand Rapids Press
Buy me some peanuts and cracker jack ...
This familiar line from the baseball anthem "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" doesn't have the same happy meaning for Timothy Haverkamp that it does for most fans.
Timothy, a first-grader from Ada Elementary, is allergic to peanuts.
"He was allergic to everything when he was little. His brother is allergic to peanuts, too," Jane Haverkamp, Timothy's mother, said. "He never had a life-threatening emergency with peanuts, but we don't keep any at home."
Timothy attended Wednesday's West Michigan Whitecaps game without fear of an attack. The team hosted its second "Peanut Free" day during an 11 a.m. game at Fifth Third Ballpark against the Fort Wayne Wizards.
The game was also the Whitecaps' third School Days promotion of the year, with groups of schoolchildren in attendance.
All peanut products -- from Reese's Peanut Butter Cups to chopped peanuts for ice cream -- were pulled from concession stands, and the stands received a special cleaning Tuesday night.
" We remove any peanuts from the stand or any product with peanut or peanut oil and take it off site. We pressure wash where the peanut roaster was and was," concessions manager Matt Timon said. "We get rid of everything contaminated by peanuts and take get rid of it for the day.
"The vendors are real supportive of it and help us out with it. They were fine with pulling their product for the entire day. They weren't concerned with the lost sales. Pulling candy bars on kids day is a tough thing to do. There is some loss, but it's worth it to get the kids with allergies in the game."
According to the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, more than three million Americans suffer from a peanut allergy. Even the smallest particle of peanut can trigger a reaction. Some reactions include hives or slow breathing, but some can be life threatening.
"It is nice to know that we don't even have to worry about it today," Jane Haverkamp said.
The "Peanut Free" day was started last year when Rebecca Andrusiak, a parent from Ada Elementary, contacted the Whitecaps. She told the team that because of her son's allergy, he would not be able to attend the School Days game with his classmates unless peanuts were removed from the stadium.
Whitecaps officials consulted the most knowledgeable sources they could find about how to make the stadium a no-peanut zone.
"We talked to parents of kids that already have the allergies," Timon said. "They're all really familiar since they have been dealing with it their whole lives, and told us what we needed."[/i]
We've asked our local team if they could just provide one peanut free section for one game and they said it couldn't be done so I'm so impressed that this [b]entire park[/b] eliminated peanuts

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