Twins to Further Extend Target Field Safety Netting

Aubrey Yates
December 6, 2017

The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday they're extending and enhancing fan safety netting at Target Field for the 2018 season.

The Indians have begun a proactive communication process to alert all Indians Season Ticket Holders whose seats are affected by the expansion. It will now reach further up each foul line to cover the entire Dugout Box seating areas, which spans sections 1-17. In addition to their project at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees also plan to extend the protective netting at Tampa's George M. Steinbrenner Field.

The Twins will extend the protective netting behind home plate several more feet down each foul line.

"Since opening in 2010, Target Field has earned a reputation as one of the most intimate venues in all of sports, with lower level seats located closer to home plate than any other Major League Baseball venue", said Twins President and CEO Dave St. Peter.

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The Twins already were contemplating expanding protected areas at Target Field when a young fan was hit in the face with a line drive foul ball in September during a Twins-Yankees game in NY.

Yankees officials responded in October by announcing that the team would expand its safety netting significantly in 2018.

Currently, the safety netting at Progressive Field extends to the near end of both dugouts in compliance with MLB's fan safety initiative from 2015.

Jim Folk, the team's vice president of ballpark operations, says the changes balance the interactivity of the game with the top priority of safety.

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