Mariners announce protective netting will be expanded to dugouts at Safeco Field
SEATTLE -- Safeco Field will look a little different this year as the Seattle Mariners will expand the protective netting around home plate.
Team officials say starting this season, the nets will extend to the outside ends of both dugouts, and reach a height of 11-feet above field level. Installation will begin in March and be ready by Opening Night on March 29.
"Fan safety and ballpark experience are always top of mind for us,” Kevin Mather, Seattle Mariners President, said in a statement released to the media. "We believe we have a design that improves safety and uses the latest materials and industry standards to minimize the impact on sightlines."
The nets will be attached to the front edge of the dugout and will be dyed green to reduce the visible impact to those sitting behind the nets. When completed, fans seated in Sections 122-138 will be behind a net.
Thoughts of expanded netting took on additional attention after a young girl was struck in the face by a 105 mph foul ball at Yankee Stadium. Several other ballparks around the league have also announced plans to expand protective netting.