White Sox Extend Netting To Protect Fans

Steve Miller
July 10, 2019 - 6:55 pm

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago White Sox are extending protective netting from foul pole to foul pole - the first major league team to do that in an MLB season where several fans have been hit by foul balls.

The work began Monday, and White Sox Spokesman Scott Reifert said the netting will be in place when the team returns to Guaranteed Rate Field on July 22.

He said he's heard "overwhelmingly positive" reaction from fans, now that the Sox are extending the netting to the foul poles on both sides.

“They sit there and see those screamers go into the stands at times."

The netting won't have much impact on the view, he said.

"As technology has advanced, the netting has gotten thinner and thinner and thinner. And you sit there for maybe three minutes and it's gone. It's not even in your brain,” he said.

One issue that has come up with fans is autographs. Players sign autographs before games.

“The netting is going to impact that somewhat, but one of the tradeoffs we're getting is because of the way it's been redesigned, there's actually going to be more space around our dugout for fans to interact with our players and players to interact with fans,” Reifert said.

A Cubs spokesman says the North Side team is still deciding whether to extend netting beyond the end of both dugouts.