Extended MLB Netting Could Be New The New Norm
MLB is encouraging clubs to extend protective netting after a string of incidents in which fans were injured by balls or bats flying into the stands.By Matt Moreno | December 9, 2015
Walking back to your front-row seats with an armful of food and beverages might soon be easier and safer at baseball games.
MLB announced Wednesday it is now recommending teams extend nets or protective screens near those front-row seats to the end of both teams' dugouts and within 70 feet of home plate.
All 30 MLB teams have some sort of protective netting in their stadiums installed directly behind the backstop, but those nets usually end at or before the beginning of the dugouts. This non-mandatory suggestion would extend those much farther down the line.