Red Wings to expand fan safety netting at Frontier Field

New netting at Frontier Field Photo: Rochester Red Wings. New netting at Frontier Field

March 21, 2018 09:56 AM

The Rochester Red Wings have announced plans to expand and enhance fan safety netting at Frontier Field this season.

Major League Baseball (MLB) recommended that netting be extended to the ends of each dugout to keep fans safe from batted balls, bats and other equipment leaving the playing field. During the upcoming season, all MLB ballparks will have netting which extends to at least the end of each dugout and most minor league facilities will have this as well.

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“With the recommendation of MLB in mind, the Red Wings will install additional netting to protect those seats behind each dugout,” General Manager Dan Mason said in a statement. “Fan safety remains a priority with the Wings and the new netting will meet all recommendations from the Commissioner’s Office. We worked with our partners at Monroe County to develop the best possible solution to MLB’s request. The new netting will be similar to our current backstop which provides much better visibility than what we had prior to 2016." 

The new fan safety netting will run approximately 15 feet high and 90 feet long along each dugout, from section 105-110 on the first base side and 122-127 on the third base side. Netting will be at the front of each dugout closest to the playing field. The material will have knotless intersections like the current net.

Team officials hope to have the new netting installed prior to the third homestand which begins on May 3.

The Red Wings open the 2018 season on April 6 at Frontier Field.


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