The Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with Lee County, plan to expand fan safety netting within Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex in Ft. Myers, FL prior to the 2018 Spring Training season.
"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 2018 Spring Training season, the Twins and Lee County will replace and improve the existing protective netting behind home plate while also extending the netting down each foul line beyond the first and third base dugouts. The new netting will cover sections 102 thru 114 and reach a height of 30 feet tall from end to end, covering sections 201 thru 217 behind home plate.
As is being completed at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN, the fan safety netting at Hammond Stadium will be 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 will be composed of a combination of green hues to allow the netting to blend with the playing field and provide greater visibility.
In addition to protective netting revisions, the Twins and Lee County will continue to implement a communication plan 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. This plan will include warning messages via in-ballpark signage, messaging on tickets and other team-controlled platforms.