Major League Baseball announced Thursday morning that all of its ballparks will have protective netting extending to at least the far ends of both dugouts by Opening Day in late March.
“Providing baseball fans with a variety of seating options when they come to the ballpark, including seats behind protective netting, is important,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Major league clubs are constantly evaluating the coverage and design of their ballpark netting and I am pleased that they are providing fans an increased inventory of protected seats.”
When the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks announced Wednesday that they were extending the netting at their stadiums, all 30 teams had taken that step.
The Orioles announced last week that they will be extending the netting beyond the far edges of both dugouts at Camden Yards before Opening Day on March 29 and at its spring training home, Ed Smith Stadium, before games begin this month.
The team has not determined how far the netting at Camden Yards will extend, but it is expected to reach from sections 16 to 58 in the lower bowl. That will put the netting three sections beyond the far ends of the dugouts.