Northwestern hosts peanut-free football game

[FILE] Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald waits with his team before an NCAA college football game against Maine in Evanston, Ill., Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

October 16, 2013 8:33:04 AM PDT
One thing will be missing as Northwestern University hosts Minnesota this Saturday at Ryan Field in Evanston- peanuts.

The school is holding its first peanut-free football game. Northwestern officials said it will give fans with allergies a chance to focus on the game instead of worrying about negative reactions, which can range from mild irritation to life-threatening anaphylactic shock.

Peanut allergies affect about 5 out of every 1,000 Americans and are on the rise.