The Los Angeles Dodgers announced Friday that they'll be extended the netting at Dodger Stadium when the team returns home on Monday, Sept. 2.
The team previously replaced the netting behind home plate and above both dugouts with a 33-foot net, an increase of eight feet, but this week, the 33-foot netting was extended an additional 124 feet down the baselines, from both dugouts to the elbow bend in front of the baseline seats.
Dodger President and CEO Stan Kasten said, “The decisions to both raise and extend the nets at Dodger Stadium were made after extensive data analysis and consultation with both players and fans. We think these extensions to the netting greatly enhance fan safety while also keeping Dodger Stadium the welcoming and comfortable place it has always been.”
The old netting has been donated to the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and will be used to help refurbish Jackie Robinson Stadium in the City Compton. LADF in partnership with Kershaw’s Challenge will break ground in October for the Gonzales Park Dodgers Dreamfields, which include Jackie Robinson Stadium as well as two new fields.
In February, a woman died as a result of being struck in the head by a foul ball at Dodger Stadium in August 2018, according to a coroner's report obtained by ESPN. A line-drive foul ball hit a woman in the head in June, and in May a 4-year-old girl was struck.