The Lansing Lugnuts (Low A; Midwest League) have installed extended protective netting at their home ballpark, Cooley Law School Stadium.
There have been an influx of teams around professional baseball–including the majors, affiliated minors, and independent ranks–that have extended the protective netting at their facilities. In the case of the Lugnuts, the new netting at Cooley Law School Stadium extends to the far ends of both dugouts, as was announced by the club on Monday.
“Fan safety is of utmost importance to us, and extending our netting was a necessary move,” said Lugnuts General Manager Tyler Parsons. “This is a move that most, if not all, professional baseball teams are doing, and that illustrates its importance in our profession.”
“Along with extending the netting,” Parson added, “we replaced the existing netting with a better product, limiting obstructed views. Making Cooley Law School Stadium a safe environment for our fans is a top priority, and we believe this is the right move.”
As noted, this project makes the Lugnuts the latest team around professional baseball to install extended netting at their ballpark. It was previously revealed that all 30 MLB teams would have new protective netting on Opening Day, and many clubs at the lower levels of professional baseball have followed suit. More of our coverage on extended netting can be found here.
The Lugnuts will return home from a road trip on June 15, when they open a three-game series against the South Bend Cubs