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Prior to Wednesday, only two big-league teams had yet to announce plans to expand safety netting at their home ballparks ahead of the 2018 season. Now, it’s a league-wide initiative.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Tampa Bay Rays announced they will install expanded safety netting at Chase Field and Tropicana Field past the end of their dugouts ahead of Opening Day. With these announcements, every major-league stadium will have expanded netting in 2018, according to Forbes’ Maury Brown.
While it’s not entirely a new endeavor, improving protection for fans in attendance became a hot-button topic in September after a young fan at Yankee Stadium was struck by a foul ball and taken to the hospital.
Shortly after the incident prompted an outcry, several teams started announcing commitments to ensure measures were taken as soon as possible to help prevent further injuries.
More details involving the expanded netting are expected to be available after the quarterly Owners Meetings on Thursday.