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MLB’s Angels extends netting

Los Angeles Angels Major League Baseball team has finally revealed plans to extend its safety netting at Angel Stadium, three years after the league’s recommendation to do so.

In 2015, MLB officials issued a recommendation that every team install, maintain or extend nettings or screens in front of field-level seats between the dugouts to 70 feet within the home plate.

A young girl was struck by a ball at Yankee Stadium in September last year, triggering several teams to immediately upgrade their safety measures.

The incident led to widespread criticism of the MLB and its teams for failing to adequately protect fans.



The LA Angels is one of the last few teams to increase its fan safety and expand netting to more than just behind the home plate section of the stands.

The Angels announcement read: “In support of Major League Baseball’s recommendation regarding protective stadium netting, Angel Stadium will expand the netting to the end of both dugouts.

“The club is working with MLB recommended architectural company, Populous, & will announce specific details at a later date.”

The Yankees, the Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies has taken steps to increase netting coverage in front of stands.

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