Minnesota Twins Will See That Fan Safety Comes First With New Netting
I know first hand when you sit in the lower level of a baseball park between the dugouts the backstop net can be a hindrance. But it's there for your safety.
Get over it!
Now, the netting will be extended even further.
Beginning this season Target Field will have the safety net out to the first base and third base lines.
"The Minnesota Twins commend MLB and Commissioner Manfred for their leadership on this critical issue and the completion of a thorough analysis in consultation with all 30 clubs,” said Twins President Dave St. Peter. “It’s our intent to follow MLB’s recommendations regarding fan safety netting as well as an incremental focus on educating fans regarding the dangers posed by batted balls and bats entering the stands.”
Since opening in 2010, Target Field has earned its reputation as one of the most intimate venues in all of sports. The ballpark’s lower level seats are located closer to home plate than any other venue in MLB.
Target Field’s current backstop net is in compliance with the stated MLB recommendations – which call for netting to protect seats between the dugouts within 70-feet of home plate.
In contrast to other MLB ballparks, Target Field’s dugouts are the closest to home plate of any in the league. Because of the proximity of seats within the Dugout Box seating sections (sections 3 through 6 and sections 11 through 14), the Twins will add protective netting above the dugouts in advance of the 2016 season. This new safety netting will extend approximately seven-feet high and run the length of the first and third base dugouts.
Regarding the netting itself, the Twins will take advantage of the latest technology – both behind home plate and at the dugouts – delivering a minimally obtrusive viewing experience.