Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

In Safety-First Move, Pirates Expand Netting

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

In Safety-First Move, Pirates Expand Netting

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - The Pirates are installing new protective netting that extends to the end of the dugouts at PNC Park, the club announced Monday.

The move is a fan-safety measure but surely will frustrate some fans who desire an entirely unobstructed view of the field.

In a question-and-answer post provided on the team's website, the Pirates explained that by extending the netting system they will be "providing protection in those areas where the reaction time for objects that enter the seating area is the shortest. There will still be opportunities for fans to sit outside the netting in areas where there is more time to react to such objects."

The new netting will be the same height as the previous system, according to the team, and it is a knotless and more transparent material with fewer vertical cables than the previous net. …

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