The TinCaps will expand the protective netting at Parkview Field after receiving approval to do so Monday from Fort Wayne's Redevelopment Commission. The netting will be expanded to provide increased protection for all non-outfield seating areas at the ballpark.
While netting previously guarded fans in Sections 103 to 113, the expanded netting will additionally cover the field boxes, Sections 101, 102, 114, and a majority of the Huntington University Picnic Pavilion.
"We’ve researched this extensively," team president Mike Nutter said of the decision in a statement. "We know that expanding the protective netting at Parkview Field will best benefit our fans and their experience at the ballpark. When we expanded the netting in 2016 [to protect seating sections behind home plate from the home dugout to the visiting dugout], we heard from so many fans, thanking us for providing peace of mind when sitting in areas that were better protected from foul balls. We know the same will continue to be true for even more fans now in 2020."
"Fan experience is our number one priority," Nutter added. "Keeping people safe while they enjoy a TinCaps game should always be a part of that experience."
The first game with the new netting will be April 13, the TinCaps' 2020 home opener against the Dayton Dragons.