A notable extended netting project has taken place in college baseball, as Texas Tech extends protective netting at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park ahead of the 2020 season.
As part of a project that took place over the season, netting at Dan Law Field was extended farther down the foul lines. The installation of the netting has been completed, putting it in place ahead of Texas Tech baseball’s Opening Day on February 14.
Texas Tech officials had apparently been considering an extension of the ballpark’s netting for years, and opted to move forward with the project ahead of the 2020 campaign. More from EverythingLubbock.com:
Senior Associate Athletic Director Robert Giovannetti, said during the fall the nets at Dan Law Field were extended down the first and third baselines, in an effort to keep fans safe.
“We’ve had a couple of situations that were scary,” Giovannetti said. “So we’ve known for years we wanted to do this. We just needed to find the right way to get it done, and this way is the right way.”
Within the professional baseball ranks, there have been numerous extended netting projects going back to last season, after a May incident in which a young girl was injured by a foul ball at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. This is continuing into 2020, as Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last month that all 30 teams will have extended netting of some sort at their facilities by the upcoming season. There have also been numerous netting extensions either completed or announced around affiliated Minor League Baseball and the independent leagues.
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