Indians to expand safety netting in ballpark

Posted at 11:48 AM, Mar 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-25 11:48:39-04

The Cleveland Indians will expand safety netting in the ballpark to comply with recommendations set forth by the Major League Baseball commissioner's office. 

The change will go into effect this season, the team announced Friday.

The netting will now cross the full length between the homeplate side of each dugout. The canopy that protects the seats behind home plate will also be extended.

“Our fans’ safety at Progressive Field has been and will continue to be a priority,” said Jim Folk, Indians Vice President of Ballpark Operations. “We’re pleased MLB and Commissioner Manfred continue to make safety a priority, and we’ll follow their recommendations on continuing to provide a safe environment for our fans.”

But Folk says the new netting will not interfere with the live game experience. 

“We remain committed to delivering the best possible experience for our fans at Progressive Field,” Folk said. “We’re confident these measures will help us continue to provide a safe environment for our fans while also preserving the unique sightlines and accessibility of our ballpark.”