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06/12/2008 3:52 PM ET
Barons to Hold "Peanut-Free Night"

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HOOVER, Ala. - The Birmingham Barons announced Thursday that the team will be holding its first-ever "Peanut-Free Night" at Regions Park on Tuesday, June 17. The game is the first in a six-game home series with the Jacksonville Suns, and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

The Barons will become just one of a handful of professional baseball teams to have hosted this sort of ballpark-wide endeavor, though some Major League teams have offered "peanut-free" seating areas in their stadiums.

In preparation of the night at Regions Park, the entire stadium, seating area, and concourses are being cleaned and pressure-washed. Not only must the ballpark refrain from serving any food item that contains peanuts, but it must also cease to serve any item that was produced or processed at a plant that also produced items with nuts. All of the concession stands will be cleaned as well. During Peanut-Free Night, the stadium will not sell or distribute peanuts, Cracker Jack, sunflower seeds, cookies, ice cream bars, hand-dipped ice cream, or M & M's.

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, as many as 1.5 million Americans (0.5 %) suffer from peanut allergies, and it is the most common cause of food-related death (Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America). The allergy is often seen in children and, of those with a peanut allergy, only 25% grow out of it. Any contact with proteins contained in peanuts can cause an allergic reaction that affects the immune system.

Peanut-Free Night will be sponsored by Martinez Building Services and will coincide with the Barons' regular Tuesday promotions. Quarter hot dogs, sponsored by Alabamamarriage.org, will be available, and the Birmingham Zoo will have animals on display at the park before the game. Renowned Minor League Baseball entertainer Myron Noodleman will be on-hand as well.

For more details on Peanut-Free Night, a full season schedule, ticket or promotions information, please call 205-988-3200, or visit www.barons.com.