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Rays upgrade and extend netting at Tropicana Field and spring training facility

The upgraded netting will be permanently affixed.

Tampa Bay Rays Vs. Boston Red Sox At Fenway Park Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Joining the overdue trend around baseball, the Rays have officially announced they have extended the netting at their major league and spring training facilities to increase fan safety.

This announcement comes after the team took the time to research a new netting to improve visibility for fans as well.

The team statement is as follows:

The Tampa Bay Rays are committed to providing a safe and secure environment for each person who enters Tropicana Field and Charlotte Sports Park. We will be expanding the protective netting this season to the outside edge of the dugouts in both ballparks. All affected season ticket holders will be contacted in the coming weeks with more information.

Details on the new netting, via Marc Topkin are as follows:

This necessary change comes after a fan was critically injured by a foul ball at Tropicana Field in April 2016 that snuck through the protective netting that was in place. As noted above, the Rays are upgrading their netting for 2018.

Tampa Bay was also involved at an incident in Spring 2017 when a fan was struck by a foul ball at the Pirates facility.