Yankees detail plan for expanded protective netting for 2018 season

The Yankees are putting safety at the top of their list for the 2018 season. The team announced Wednesday detailed plans to expand protective netting at Yankee Stadium in an effort to keep fans safe.

The Yankees faced pressure and a large amount of criticism about the safety of their field in September after a toddler took a scary hit by 105-mph line drive and was rushed to the hospital suffering facial fractures and bleeding on her brain, according to her father. 

The family was sitting at the lower level on the third-base side, but at the time of the incident, the netting ended at the home plate side of each dugout. 

However, with the details released of the expanded protective netting to be installed for the start of the 2018 regular season, the Yankees are taking steps to ensure an incident like what happened in September will not happen again. 

The netting will be attached to the roofs and will extend nine feet above each dugout during the games. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with players during batting practice as the bottom three feet of the nets will be retractable.

The Yankees also revealed that the netting will extend beyond the dugouts to Section 011 on the first-base side and Section 029 on the third-base side, and will be eight feet above the playing field.

Installation of the nets will begin in February and they are expected to be in place in time for the team’s home opener April 2 against the Rays. 

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