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Slugger Field goes peanut free for a day to promote allergy awareness

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Friday was a beautiful night for baseball, but at the Bats game a staple was missing. Friday was a beautiful night for baseball, but at the Bats game a staple was missing.
Rich Cozzi Rich Cozzi
Cameron Luker Cameron Luker
Tammy Pate Tammy Pate
Dr. Joe Turbyville Dr. Joe Turbyville

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Friday was a beautiful night for baseball, but at the Bats game a staple was missing.

You could not find one peanut inside Slugger Field and this was all planned as part of Peanut Allergy Awareness Night.

The salty treat that is usually as much a part of the game as the ball itself was gone.

"My son has a peanut allergy, so it's really nice to be able to come here and not have to worry about any reaction or anything like that," said Rich Cozzi, Cincinnati. 

For the third time, Slugger Field has gone peanut free in order to raise awareness about the food allergy and invite children like Cameron Luker, 14. Cameron is severely allergic, to point where it is life threatening. 

"I could inhale the particles of it, I could touch it, eat it, pretty much any way I could come in contact with it could cause a reaction," he said.

Baseball games are usually always out of the question and that's tough for his mother, Tammy Pate.

"Avoidance is the only way you can keep your children safe," said Pate. "It's a shame because he loves baseball."

It took nearly a week to scrub down every inch of Slugger Field to make sure no peanut dust was left behind. Every peanut related product was removed from the menu.

"It's important a lot of times just for peace of mind for parents to know that things have been wiped down and that's there is no peanut allergen and they don't need to worry about that especially if their children have had a serious reaction," said Dr. Joe Turbyville, Family Allergy and Asthma. 

Cameron finally got to watch a game from the stands, "I really enjoy it because I can relax and sit back and not have to worry about having a reaction."

Louisville Slugger Field was one of the first minor league ball parks to participate in an event like this and it is already planning one for next year. 

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