Actually, people with allergies can watch sports

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The University is touting two “allergy friendly sporting events” next month – a women’s basketball game and a women’s hockey game. Does this mean that football games will eventually be “allergy friendly”?

The women’s basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 10 vs. Michigan at 1 p.m. and the women’s hockey game vs. Bemidji State on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. will be designated as “Allergy Friendly” games. For these two first-ever events, a number of special accommodations will be put in place to allow families with food allergies to enjoy a Badger game.

In consultation with the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin, all concession stands at the Kohl Center will remove food items that could induce an allergic reaction including: shelled and un-shelled peanuts, candy with nuts, caramel corn with nuts and ice cream with nut products.

Correction: A number of special accommodations will be put in place to allow families with food allergies to enjoy food at a Badgers game. Because believe it or not, not all people need snacks to enjoy sporting events.

Or is there something I’m missing? Help me allergy experts.

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2 Responses to “Actually, people with allergies can watch sports”

  1. UW-Madison Says:

    Jack– Peanuts in the Kohl Center and Camp Randall (especially) make it harder for fans to actually attend games w/o increased risk of accidental exposure.

    In particular, pieces of peanut shells in the air or ground can be a problem at games, even if you’re not the one eating them. My 5 year old deals with this, so I speak from experience.

    In this case, Athletics is taking a number of steps like extra cleaning and limiting sale of nuts at concessions so this becomes less of an issue. This should have minimal impact on other fans.

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