The Chattanooga Lookouts plan to expand the protective netting at AT&T Field to the far end of each dugout. “Fan safety is a very important issue to us,” said Lookouts President Rich Mozingo. “By expanding the protective netting at AT&T Field, we not only increase the safety at our park, but the fan experience as well.”
In December, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred recommended that all Major League clubs implement increased netting to further protect fans from balls and bats entering the stands during game action. Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner endorsed Manfred’s recommendations.
“Minor League Baseball is very appreciative of the time and effort that went into the research done by Major League Baseball in an effort to balance fan safety and the overall fan experience,” O’Conner said. “Minor League Baseball clubs strive to offer safe, family-friendly facilities for our fans and these recommendations will help ensure the safety of those fans sitting close to the action.”
While netting previously has guarded fans in Sections 108-111, the expanded netting will additionally cover Sections 106 and 107 behind the first-base dugout and Sections 112 and 113 behind the third-base dugout.
The Lookouts 2016 season begins on April 12 when the Lookouts face off against the Jackson Generals at 6:15 p.m. at AT&T Field.