The Minnesota Twins, accommodating fans who have peanut allergies, are setting aside "peanut-free" zones for five home games this season, the team announced Thursday.
The areas are in private balconies in the left-field corner of Target Field. The area is mostly standing room only and can accommodate about 50 ticket holders, said Chris Iles, a team spokesman.
"There are a ton of people with peanut allergies who want to go to baseball games, and we want to accommodate them," Iles said.
The Twins did the same the past few years when they called the Metrodome home, Iles said. There are several other stadiums in the majors that also have peanut-free seating, he said.
The games chosen are: July 1 vs. Tampa Bay; July 15 vs. the Chicago White Sox; Aug. 1 vs. the Seattle Mariners; Aug. 19 vs. the White Sox; and Sept. 19 vs. Oakland Athletics. The team is directing fans to www.minnesotafoodallergy.org for ticket information.
"Only those with a legitimate allergy to peanuts and their immediate family members are eligible for these sections," the team said in its announcement. Participants will be required to sign a waiver and may be asked to provide documentation from a doctor, the announcement continued.
Peanuts are a common allergy-causing food and have proven deadly. More than 3 million people in the United States report being allergic to peanuts.
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