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Cleveland Indians extending netting down foul lines before Opening Day

Renderings of the extended netting
Progressive Field
Posted at 11:18 AM, Jan 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 17:58:55-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians will extend the netting down the foul lines prior to Opening Day on March 26, according to an email sent by the Indians to season ticket holders.

In collaboration with MLB and architects, the Indians released the following details about the netting extension:

  • Extending Netting: The netting will be now be extended to cover the area from the section 128 in the right field cornier to section 174 in the left field corner.

The netting won't quite reach the foul poles. Sections 125,117, 175, 178 and 179 are still open.

  • Heights Increased and canopy removed: Progressive Field will extend the height of the netting from 23 feet to 33 feet and will remove the existing canopy. This will allow fans to still reach foul balls in the lower bowl.
Renderings of the extended netting
Renderings of the extended netting at Progressive Field.

With the changes, fans and players will still be allowed to participate in pregame autographs through the netting.

Renderings of the extended netting
Renderings of the extended netting at Progressive Field.

The current netting is marked in green with the extended netting marked in blue.

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Last week, House Bill 479 was introduced to the State House, calling for protective netting at minor and major league baseball stadiums to extend from the end of the dugouts to the foul poles.

RELATED: Bill introduced that would require protective netting at baseball fields to extend from dugouts to foul poles