Rangers To Extend Protective Netting At New Ballpark

Andrew Greenstein
May 30, 2019 - 1:44 pm
Baseball netting

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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - Fans going to Rangers games next season will be better protected from foul balls.

There are renewed calls from both fans and players alike to add more protective netting, after a young girl was struck in the head by a line drive while sitting behind the third base dugout at Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

At Globe Life Park in Arlington, protective netting extends to the end of the dugouts.

There will be more of it in the upcoming Globe Life Field.

“We will go further. It will go beyond the dugouts at Globe Life Field,” says Rob Matwick, the Rangers’ executive vice president of business operations. “Our plan is to extend the netting to where the bowl geometry turns and sort of parallels.”

The railings will also be 42 inches high, which is the OSHA standard for workplace safety.