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Northwestern putting peanut vendors out of work

Jeff Budzien AP

To some, peanuts are a game day necessity around the country. You can boil them, flavor them, roast them or just crack them right out of the shell at your leisure. Unfortunately, peanuts also carry a significant health risk to some and that is something Northwestern is not taking lightly this fall.

For the first three home games of the 2014 season, Northwestern will not offer peanuts or peanut products to fans as concession options. According to Brett McMuprhy of, the school is doing this to allow those with peanut allergies to be able to come out to a Northwestern sporting event and enjoy the experience without the concern over an allergic reaction. The decision was inspired innocently enough after receiving a letter from a Northwestern fan.

“We just wanted to do the right thing,” Northwestern deputy athletic director Mike Polisky said to “This has nothing to do with PR. It’s not a business decision. … It started out with one father looking out for his son.”

Northwestern’s first three home games of the season are against California (August 30), Northern Illinois (September 6) and Western Illinois (September 20). The peanut ban will also be in effect for a handful of basketball games, volleyball and wrestling matches. Northwestern has done this before, but now it appears the university is taking greater and expanded measures to spread awareness about the severity of peanut allergies.

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9 Responses to “Northwestern putting peanut vendors out of work”
  1. mogogo1 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:51 AM

    The bizarre thing is that I’m 40 and can’t remember anybody in my classes all through school who had a peanut allergy. Our lunchrooms didn’t have any “peanut free zones” or anything. Yet today you can’t turn around without hearing about how many people are deathly allergic to them. To the point that stadiums can’t even sell them any more. What changed in a few decades?

  2. friarjack61 says: Jun 19, 2014 11:53 AM

    If one has an allergy, or thinks that you are allergic to peanuts, you do not buy them.

    Maybe NU’s suggested Football Union, should enter the fray.

  3. manik56 says: Jun 19, 2014 12:21 PM

    At some point we will just eliminate all human contact to ensure there is zero chance anyone is harmed anyway emotionally or physically.

  4. floridacock says: Jun 19, 2014 1:10 PM

    Minority rules again

  5. kosarkid says: Jun 19, 2014 1:44 PM

    Instead of getting rid of them for the whole year, they could have banned the nuts (peanuts) for one game.

  6. westof1club says: Jun 19, 2014 2:04 PM

    Leave it to Northwestern to ruin the fan experience. Just like Washington. Lord knows peanuts and slurs are an integral part of the GAME of football. Without them, Americans cannot truly enjoy sporting events.

  7. sweepthleg says: Jun 19, 2014 2:05 PM

    Are they also forgoing the traditional showering the fans with Peanuts and peanut related products that proceeds every collegiate sporting event?

  8. bat42boy says: Jun 19, 2014 2:44 PM

    How stupid. Every fan who goes to those games should take peanuts with them. It just blows my mind how ignorant Northwestern is on this subject. My Grandson is allergic to peanuts but his dad has them around the house. He just knows not to eat them.

  9. guinsrule says: Jun 19, 2014 4:03 PM

    Sorry, no Almond Joy, just Mounds…

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