It's a big move. In a single season, more than 30,000 bags of peanuts are sold at Victory Field, more than 450 bags a night at each of the team's 65 home games.
"We've received calls from fans over the years about not being able to come to the ballpark due to peanut allergy," said Jon Glesing, Indians senior marketing and communications manager. "Awareness for this is far from new in baseball, (but) we're finally at a point we can coordinate an awareness night."
According to USA Today, other minor league teams, such as the Lowell Spinners and Nashville Sounds have their own peanut-free nights planned. Many Major League teams have held peanut-controlled games, with designated peanut-free zones or suits.
Food Allergy Research and Education's blog has compiled a partial list of games across all levels geared toward fans with peanut allergies. They did the same last year, when numerous teams held peanut-free or peanut-restricted nights.
The Indianapolis Indians are the Triple-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- Alex Putterman