On Monday, the Colorado Rockies announced that they will extend the netting that is currently behind home plate at Coors Field all the way to the end of each dugout.
As a part of a growing trend in Major League Baseball to put fan’s safety first, the Colorado Rockies announced that they are extending the protective screen that is currently behind home plate to the end of each dugout.
This is a move that many other teams have adopted due to numerous incidents of fans being injured due to foul balls hit into the stands. In fact, all 30 MLB teams agreed at the beginning of this month that they will extend the netting to end of the dugouts. However, the Rockies announced yesterday that they will start the installation process of the netting in the early days of March.
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In addition, the material that the netting will be upgraded from what was there previously but it will require no addition cabling.
The extending of the netting is part of a bevy of things under renovation at Coors Field this offseason, including the installation of their ginormous scoreboard. Our very own Kevin Henry detailed some facts about the near scoreboard in this article from a few weeks ago.
In addition to the scoreboard, new speakers and a partial renovation of both the Wells Fargo Club Level and the Rockies clubhouse have also happened at Coors Field this offseason.
The Rockies said, in their press release, that the target time of completion for the netting is in early March.
If their goal is reached, it would be in place in time for a handful of high school games that are being hosted at the stadium before the regular season for the Rockies kicks off (Opening Day at Coors is on Friday, April 6 against the Atlanta Braves after the Rockies open up the season with two series, one in Arizona and one in San Diego).