New 7-foot net coming to Target Field dugouts

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To comply with Major League Baseball’s fan safety recommendations, Target Field will be undergoing a few changes.

Due to the proximity of seats within the dugout box seating sections, they will add a new protective netting above the dugouts to deliver “a minimally obtrusive viewing experience.” It will stand about 7 feet high and run the length of the first and third base dugouts.

“The Twins commend MLB and Commissioner Manfred for their leadership on this critical issue and the completion of a thorough analysis in consultation with all 30 clubs,” said Twins President Dave St. Peter. “It’s our intent to follow MLB’s recommendations regarding fan safety netting as well as an incremental focus on educating fans regarding the dangers posed by batted balls and bats entering the stands.”

Current MLB recommendations call for netting to protect seats between the dugouts within 70-feet of home plate. The new netting will be in place for the 2016 season.

The Twins will also implement “an enhanced communication plan” at Target Field warning fans about the dangers of balls and bats entering the stands.