Protective netting to be extended at Nationals Park over All-Star break

washington nationalsAdditional protective netting will be installed at Nationals Park during the All-Star break, extending existing netting to areas just short of the right- and left-field corners.

“Over the past few weeks, we have seen several fans injured by bats and balls leaving the field of play at other stadiums,” said Mark Lerner, managing principal owner of the Washington Nationals, in a statement today. “I could not help but become emotional last month watching the Astros-Cubs game when a 4-year-old little girl was hit by a line drive. I can’t imagine what her parents must have felt in that moment. And to see the raw emotion and concern from Albert Almora Jr. was heartbreaking.

“Further extending the netting at Nationals Park will provide additional protection for our fans,” Lerner said.

The team announced that Ultra Cross Knotless Dyneema protective netting will be installed, replacing the existing netting.

The netting will be designed so that certain sections over each dugout can be raised pregame to foster fan interactions with players.

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