After e-mails, calls and pleas from fans, the Chicago Cubs responded. As someone who has contacted the Cubs about this in the past, the Cubs fan ambassadors were kind enough to call me last week and tell me the news! They are offering peanut allergy-friendly seating on Monday, August 30th!!! The Batter's Eye Skybox is being opened to a total of 100 Cubs fans affected by peanut allergies. The Skybox will be free of peanut products although the rest of Wrigley Field will not--peanut sales at the ballpark will go on as usual. We can even bring in our own (peanut-free) food so that our kids have safe foods to eat!
There has been an incredible response to this seating. All 100 seats have sold out and there is a huge waiting list of families. For fans of the Cubbies who have lobbied for peanut allergy-friendly seating for years, this a huge victory no matter what the end score of the game ends up being! Too many people report allergic reactions at baseball games and so many end up avoid attending altogether. It seems wrong that people can't enjoy a sporting event due to a food.
Peanut allergy-friendly baseball has been practiced throughout the major leagues and minors for years, but up until now, no major league baseball team in Chicago has offered this type of accommodation. I'm thrilled that "America's Baseball Team" as gotten on board! I hope the sellout seating and waiting list will show the Cubs that this type of seating needs to be a regular thing at Wrigley Field.
To our family, the August 30th game means that our peanut-allergic daughter can attend a major league baseball game for the first time ever. Chicagoans know that a visit to Wrigley Field is a right of passage for any kid and now we can introduce our family to this fun event.
I will report back after the game, but until then Go Cubs! I'm so glad they listened to us!