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Red Wings expand fan safety netting for 2018 season

Netting for fan safety is being expanded and enhanced at Frontier Field for the upcoming 2018 season. (WHAM photo - file)

Rochester, N.Y. (WHAM) - Netting for fan safety is being expanded and enhanced at Frontier Field for the upcoming 2018 season.

New recommendations from Major League Baseball stipulates that netting be extended to the ends of each dugout to keep fans safe from batted balls, bats and other equipment leaving the playing field.

It will run approximately 15 feet high and 90 feet long along each dugout. Netting will be at the front of each dugout closest to the playing field. The material is set to have knotless intersections like the current netting.

The Rochester Red Wings will be working with Monroe County to have the new netting installed by May 3.

"The new netting will be similar to our current backstop which provides much better visibility than what we had prior to 2016," Rochester Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason said.

The original netting at Frontier Field was replaced just before the beginning of the 2016 season.

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