Northwestern Hosting ‘Peanut Free Day’
If you’re attending the Minnesota-Northwestern matchup at Ryan Field on Saturday, don’t plan on buying a bag of peanuts to snack on during the game.
That’s because the Wildcats are hosting “Peanut Free Day.” The nuts will not be sold or permitted anywhere inside the stadium, and Ryan Field will “will also undergo extensive cleaning prior to the game in order to ensure that no peanut material remains anywhere in the facility.”
“We’re excited to host our first Peanut Free Day at Ryan Field,” Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald said in a statement. “Nut allergies affect a sizable segment of the population and those people have to be very conscious of it at all times, in environments outside their control. This special day will give many people that may never have attended a live sporting event the opportunity to experience Chicago’s Big Ten Team for the first time.”
And with that, Fitzgerald became the first ever major college football coach (that we know of) to make a pregame media statement about nut allergies.