Posted by: Bob Gorman | May 23, 2017

Extended Netting at Nine Major League Parks

So far, nine major league parks have extended their safety netting beyond the minimum suggested by the baseball commissioner’s office.  Clubs that put the safety of fans first are the Texas Rangers, Washington Nationals, Kansas City Royals, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, and Atlanta Braves.  None of these clubs have suffered any appreciable drop in ticket sales as a result of the extended netting.  As reported by Maury Brown at Forbes (https://www.forbes.com/sites/maurybrown/2017/05/15/as-injuries-gain-visibility-how-serious-is-major-league-baseball-about-fan-safety/#42ebb2993737), the Texas Rangers experienced only some minor complaints about its decision to extend the netting.  Stated one club official, “Obviously, there was some initial reaction and we worked with customers individually on those concerns.  But overall, we were about to satisfy pretty much everyone with few exceptions and it became a non-issue very quickly.”

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