Statement from Pirates president Frank Coonelly regarding protective netting

June 27th, 2019

As we stated in 2017 when we were one of the first Major League Clubs to extend our protective netting to the ends of the dugouts, fan safety at PNC Park is of paramount importance. It is heartbreaking to see a fan injured by an object leaving the field of play at any ballpark. We have once again engaged our netting experts to reevaluate our protective netting design and to immediately develop a plan to extend the protective netting at PNC Park farther down the baselines. While we have put these efforts on a very fast track, we are committed to developing the right plan for PNC Park -- one that will increase fan safety while also preserving and enhancing the overall game day experience to the greatest degree possible. We will share more information with our season tickets holders, fans and other partners as our plans are finalized.