Ed Smith Stadium extended netting is on tap for spring training 2020, as the Baltimore Orioles will install the safety feature this winter.
The Orioles are also extending netting at Oriole Park. Here’s a statement the team issued:
“In a continuing effort to create the most fan and family-friendly atmosphere in sports, this week at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, crews are extending protective netting at the same height of the existing backstop netting down each foul line to near each foul pole. The Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority, in conjunction with Populous and other experts in the field, researched all available options and performed due diligence to determine that this is the best and safest option for Oriole Park. The extended and raised protective netting will be in place prior to the club’s next home game on September 5 against the Texas Rangers.
“The Orioles will also extend protective netting to near the foul poles at Ed Smith Stadium, the Orioles’ year-round training complex in Sarasota, Fla., by the start of 2020 Spring Training.
“The safety and security of our fans is of the utmost importance to the Orioles as we continue cultivating a fun, fan-friendly, and affordable experience for everyone to safely enjoy Orioles Baseball.”
Several teams have already extended netting at their spring-training venues, and you can expect the ones that have not to address the issue this offseason. The Red Sox, for instance, installed extended netting at JetBlue Park for spring training 2017.