LOWELL, MA - The Lowell Spinners, Class A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are thrilled to announce the return of "Peanut Free Nights" at LeLacheur Park for three games during the 2010 season.
Following the success of the team's inaugural peanut free nights during the 2009 season, the Spinners added a third date for 2010. During the Spinners home games Thursday, July 8, Tuesday, August 10 and Saturday, August 28 the team will eliminate the sale of all peanut products from the ballpark.
"As an organization we've always been conscious of food allergies," said Spinners Vice President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. "However seeing the outpouring of families expressing their thanks for making it possible for their children to attend their first baseball game was a very moving experience."
Each game as part of the peanut free package has been scheduled as the first game of a Spinners' home stand, helping to ensure the stadium will be free of peanut shells.
"We power wash the facility following each of our games and events at LeLacheur Park," said Bawmann. "This added precaution will help to allow for even more certainty that the park is safe for the most severe of food allergies."
Peanut allergies are the most prevalent food allergy in the United States where as many as 1.5 million people suffer from the disease according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. As part of the three peanut free games the Spinners will have food allergy groups and companies that produce food allergy friendly products on hand for more information on the disease.
"We are thrilled to be able to offer the opportunity for all fans to come to the ballpark," said Tim Bawmann, Vice President/GM of the Lowell Spinners. "Food allergies affect an alarming number of families across the world. Hopefully this allows families an additional opportunity to have an affordable entertainment option."
The Spinners organization has already taken strides to ensure the facility was as friendly as possible to allergy sufferers. No peanut oil or ice cream products containing nuts are used served at LeLacheur Park and the stadium is power-washed following every game, removing peanut shells and skins from the seating bowl.
Individual tickets for the Spinners 2010 season are on sale now at www.lowellspinners.com, or through the Box Office, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Peanut Free Night Mini-Plans, including tickets to all three Peanut Free nights can be purchased by calling 978-459-1702.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.