Major League Baseball (MLB) teams face unique challenges in protecting their fans.
Batters can strike a ball with breathtaking power, sending it through the air at speeds that can exceed 100mph. Meanwhile, fans enjoy all the action at close proximity to the field.
While it is exciting to maybe catch a fly ball in the stands, it can also lead to serious injury given the sheer speed of the balls. The risk is much greater than many people realize. Every year, around 1,750 fans are hurt by foul balls at MLB games, which equates to around two injuries every three games.
With MLB teams preparing for the 2020 season, more baseball fans can expect to be protected thanks to DSM.
Ultra Cross Netting – manufactured by Net Systems and made with Black Dyneema® fiber – has already been installed at 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) stadiums across the U.S. since being introduced in 2016.
The Washington Nationals are set to join the list, having announced plans to extend their protective netting ahead of next season.
Mark D. Lerner, Managing Principal Owner and Vice Chairman of the Washington Nationals, says the team were inspired to take action after seeing “several fans injured by bats and balls leaving the field of play at other stadiums.” He adds: “Further extending the netting at Nationals Park will provide additional protection for our fans.”Several MLB clubs including the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs have also committed to netting renovations at their training facilities.