My husband and I recently enjoyed a hot Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park in Detroit with our two food allergic boys. This is the second time we have taken our boys to a Major League baseball game and I have to say kudos to Comerica- our experience could not have been any better!
Prior to arriving at the ball park we met several family members for a “Family Fun Day Sunday” at Punch Bowl Social in downtown Detroit on Broadway Street. The staff was extremely helpful and our server took our 3 x 5 pink Restaurant Food Allergy Card back to the chef to ask for dairy, nut, and egg free menu recommendations. My boys happily settled on the sweet BBQ and cilantro chicken wings and washed it down with a delicious root beer. Not very healthy but hey– it was game day and a special occasion! They loved it! Plus Punch Bowl has several bowling lanes, an arcade, and shuffle board…a paradise for both parents and children for a pre-game with the family!
After meeting up with all of our family at Punch Bowl we then walked to the ball park which was only a few short blocks away.
In the past I have carried in a soft 12″ x 12″ inch cooler filled to the brim with safe snacks for our boys to enjoy during the game in addition to the 4 Auvi-Q epinephrine pens, Benadryl and asthma inhaler. Last Saturday however I only packed a few snacks in my purse (Auv-Q’s of course) and my boys were able to enjoy multiple food/drink items at the park. Upon entering Comerica in the 85+ degree heat we bought Minute Maid Frozen Lemonades for the boys and a few waters. Not to mention the multiple souvenirs (ie. water squirt fans to keep the kids cool, stuffed animals, new baseball hats, and jerseys of course).
Unfortunately, the Tigers were not winning and at one point during the game I ventured to the Big Cat Food Court area where the merry-go-round is located. My husband stayed back in the seats with the boys. The Hot Dog Vendor Sidekick did not have a line at all and I decided to venture up to the counter. After noticing they sold hot dogs, I politely asked one of the employees if he could possibly grab the box of hot dogs and buns from the walk-in cooler in order for me to read the ingredients list. He also mentioned that out of the two different types of Ballpark hot dogs they sold one brand had casein in them. Once he brought me the box of dogs without the casein I re-read the ingredients at least 3 times after realizing they were COMPLETELY safe for my boys to eat. Additionally, the bun brand they carried was safe as well! My eyes literally started welting up and tears started to trickle out of the corners of my eyes underneath my sunglasses. Why did I start to tear up you may ask yourself? Well, it’s actually quite simple…this is the first time my two little boys would be able to enjoy a hot dog at a Ball Game! A quintessential moment enjoyed by most Americans during their lifetime!
When I returned to the our seating section my husband and kids were standing near the entrance to our seats with my brother and sister-in-law and nephew. I handed the boys their hot dogs and told them they were SAFE and they proceeded to devour each dog! My husband and I were ecstatic! It was a very memorable moment that will stick with us for a long time to come.
Our Sunday Fun Day at Comerica proved to be an amazing experience with our boys and extended family! We will definitely be back with the boys and hopefully next time the Tigers will have a WIN! Thank you to our family and Comerica for a amazing fun filled day at the ball park!