Freedom Going Peanut-Free
By Mike Perleberg
(Florence, Ky.) – The Florence Freedom are making a change to their menu at University of Cincinnati Medical Center Stadium with food allergies in mind.
The Frontier League baseball team announced Thursday that they will no longer sell peanuts at the ballpark as they transform it into an allergy-friendly ballpark that promotes awareness and offers products to families who otherwise would have heightened concern when attending a game.
“Due to the rising number of food allergies in our country today, we have decided to take a proactive approach in making our ballpark an entertainment option for all families, including those with food allergies,” Freedom Assistant General Manager of Marketing & Promotions Sarah H. Eichenberger said. “The aim of this initiative is to reduce the food allergens in our ballpark while raising awareness and offering allergy-friendly alternatives.”
Team officials made the decision following the success of one peanut-free night at UC Medical Center Stadium last season.
The Freedom will partner with Enjoy Life Foods for the allergy-free effort. Enjoy Life Foods will work with the baseball team on creating graphic menu boards to educate fans on which products sold in the concession stands are allergy-friendly.
“Because of our commitment to the community, we strive to create the best possible environment for all our fans,” said Freedom General Manager Josh Anderson. “With this initiative, we’re taking a huge step in making our ballpark more accessible to families with allergies.”
The 2014 season opening game for the Florence Freedom is Thursday, May 15 versus the Washington Wild Things.