The Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with Lee County, expanded fan safety netting within Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Ft. Myers, FL prior to the 2018 Spring Training season. Prior to the 2020 Spring Training season, the safety netting will also be extended down the first base line.
"Over the years, Hammond Stadium has earned a reputation as one of the most intimate spring training venues in all of baseball," Twins President & CEO Dave St Peter said. "With that reality in mind, we feel extending the ballpark's netting is in the best interest of our fans. In addition to ensuring fan safety, we are equally committed to installing the best available netting product aimed at minimizing obstructed views for our fans."
Prior to the start of the 2020 Spring Training season, the Twins and Lee County will again extend the existing protective netting down the first base line. The net extension will now protect sections 101 & 102, section 132, and all of the Right Field Lawn seating. With this extension, the netting covers sections 101 through 114 and reaches a height of 30 feet tall from end to end, covering sections 201 through 217 behind home plate. In addition, the net covers all of the Right Field Drink Rail Seats (section 132) and the Right Field Lawn seating.
The fan safety netting at Hammond Stadium is crafted using state-of-the-art technology, with thin strands and a knotless intersection to deliver a minimally obtrusive viewing experience. Additionally, the new netting is composed of a combination of green hues to allow the netting to blend with the playing field and provide greater visibility.
The Minnesota Twins and Lee County are committed to guest safety. We continue to warn fans about the dangers posed by batted balls and bats entering the stands and the need to pay attention to the action on the field during each at-bat. The Twins will continue to implement warning messages via in-ballpark signage, messaging on tickets and other team-controlled platforms.
Sections Covered by the Protective Netting:
- Home Plate Box/Diamond Box (Sections 101-114)
- Home Plate View (Sections 201-217)
- Right Drink Rails (Section 132)
- Right Field Lawn