Photo of seats behind home plate at Petco Park during a San Diego Padres game.

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Just a few weeks ago, all 30 Major League Baseball teams announced that they would be extending the protective netting at their home stadiums to better protect spectators. The move comes after a young girl was violently struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium last summer. The San Diego Padres recently released the details pertaining to expanding the protective netting at Petco Park.

The netting will now extend from section 116 on the third base side to section 115 on the first base side. Directly behind home plate, the netting will stand 24 feet above the ground and will shorten and taper down each baseline. The netting will be lightweight and made with green thread that will minimize the obstruction netting causes for fans watching the game.

The San Diego Padres previously increased safety measures at Petco Park just before the 2016 season by extending the netting 70 feet from home plate to the inner edge of each team’s dugout. The Padres kick off the 2018 MLB season on March 29th when they host the Milwaukee Brewers at Petco Park.


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