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Marlins Park protective netting to be expanded

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Fan safety is a priority for the Marlins. On Friday, the team announced an initiative that personifies that priority.

The team will install additional protective netting to Marlins Park. The netting will exceed Major League Baseball's Fan Safety Recommendations. The organization had already been in compliance with Major League Baseball's guidelines pertaining to protective netting.

Fan safety is a priority for the Marlins. On Friday, the team announced an initiative that personifies that priority.

The team will install additional protective netting to Marlins Park. The netting will exceed Major League Baseball's Fan Safety Recommendations. The organization had already been in compliance with Major League Baseball's guidelines pertaining to protective netting.

"The safety of our fans will always be a priority for this organization," said Marlins CEO Derek Jeter in a team release. "Prior to the start of the 2018 season, we will install new netting offering additional protection for those fans seated along the baselines at Marlins Park."

The new netting, extending the length of both dugouts at a height of 30 feet, will taper to the end of the camera wells and provide additional protection for fans located in Sections 8-10 and Sections 19-21.

Manufactured by Dyneema, the new netting is a state-of-the-art knotless fiber that will provide exceptional protection and is purposely designed to blend into the playing surface. It is 30 percent thinner than the existing netting behind home plate, offering greater visibility of game action.

The new netting will be in place for the Marlins' Spring Training exhibition game vs. the University of Miami on March 27 at 3:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park.

Additional information on the extension of the protective netting is available at Marlins.com/netting.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com.

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