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Nashville Sounds Host 'Peanut-Free' Ballgame

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Sounds and several volunteers have been scrubbing, spraying and disinfecting Greer Stadium for Monday's "Peanut Free" game against the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Baseball is an American pastime, but what if you couldn't take your family out to a ballgame because you or a loved one suffered from peanut allergies? The Sounds and the Allergy, Asthma and Sinus Center have partnered to make one night peanut free.

Dozens of volunteers have been working to make the stadium safe for anyone who suffers from peanut allergies.

The Goodpasture Christian School football team, some of their parents and Sounds staff members have taken on a tough task.

"It's a big undertaking. Anywhere a peanut could fly we're scrubbing down seats, running leaf blowers and we're spraying down the entire stadium," said Brad Tammen, the Sounds General Manager. "We're scrubbing down Greer Stadium so there won't be any peanut residue or shells lying around."

Volunteer Maria Latham and her daughter, Ellie, said they just couldn't say no. It wasn't until they first started that they realized there was a lot of work to do.

"I kept thinking about the kid who might get to come to the ballgame," said Maria.

"You don't want anyone coming here thinking they're going to watch a ballgame and something happens because of peanut allergies. I'd feel bad, like I didn't do my job very well," said Taylor, one of Goodpasture's football players.

Officials said the job would likely take hours and even days to finish.

"We rub the fronts and the backs, and the underneath and the tops, and the metal parts," said Marie.

"I'm picking up peanut shells and trash - anything that's on the ground," said Taylor.

Volunteers said they hoped their efforts would allow many allergy sufferers the chance to enjoy a night at the ballpark.

Sounds officials said the evening has become popular.

"Every year we have parents ask if we are doing a peanut free night," said Tammen.

In previous years, the Sounds have offered peanut-free sections. Tammen said Monday the entire stadium would be safe, meaning there will be no peanuts or Cracker Jacks.

"We will be pulling all of those from the shelves. Any products that we serve that are manufactured in a peanut facility will also be pulled for this one special night," said Tammen.

Around 3.3 million Americans have peanut allergies. According to the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center, as many as a third of peanut-sensitive people have had near-fatal or fatal reactions to peanut exposure.

"Peanut allergies with exposure can cause lots of different types of reactions, from a mere rash or itchy skin to full blown anaphylaxis that can involve circulatory collapse, respiratory failure, breaking out in hives, swelling and even in the severe cases, death," said Dr. Travis Cain with the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center.

Anyone looking for more information about the peanut free night should contact the Nashville Sounds at 615-690-4487 ext. 105, or Liz Edwards with the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Center at 865-210-5237. You can also visit allergyasc.com

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