Nov. 30, 2010
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MADISON, Wis. -- For many sports fans, watching a sporting event and eating peanuts go hand in hand. But for children with food allergies, watching a game in close proximity to nuts can turn a fun event into a difficult, and even life-threatening, experience.
To help create a safe and fun environment for those dealing with food allergies, the Food Allergy Association of Wisconsin (FAAW) has partnered with the UW Athletic Department to create two "Allergy Friendly" Badger games at the Kohl Center this winter.
The events mark the second year of the partnership. Modeled after similar events held by professional sports franchises, UW Athletics will make a number of special accommodations, including restricting the sales of peanuts and concessions items containing nuts, and taking special cleaning measures.
Both the women's basketball game at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12 vs. Milwaukee and the women's hockey game vs. North Dakota at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 13 have both been designated as "Allergy Friendly."
During the two events, 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.
Patrons with food allergy concerns can also view an ingredient list for the concession stands' most popular food items. In addition, sections 117, 118 and 119 will receive an elevated level of cleaning to ensure a safer environment for affected patrons to sit in.
FAAW advocates on behalf of Madison and Dane County families with food allergies, holding events and coordinating educational efforts. Those affected by food allergies can suffer life-threatening reactions if they accidentally ingest, or come in contact with, certain foods.
The group is especially grateful to UW Athletics for this fan-friendly stance, says Sheree' Godwin, president of the group.
"Nut allergies are a serious and life-threatening concern," Godwin said. "The hundreds of families in our organization continue to be thankful to UW Athletics for their understanding and support."
Despite these accommodations, fans with food allergies are still encouraged to use normal precautions, as these designated games cannot be guaranteed to be 100 percent allergy free.
Families with food allergies are being offered a special ticket offer for each game. For this special event, ticket prices are $1 for for everyone. This offer is only available online by clicking here and entering promotional code ALLERGY. This offer is not available on game day.