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published on July 16, 2019 - 2:38 PM
Written by Gabriel Dillard

In an effort to keep spectators safe, the Fresno Grizzlies organization is extending the safety netting at Chukchansi Park.

Following a similar trend from some Major League Baseball stadiums, by April 14, 2020 — opening day — team ownership will take the safety netting all the way to each of the foul poles, according to a press release.

This comes after ownership group Fresno Sports and Events extended the netting in 2018 and raised it this year.

“This is ultimately about being proactive. Our dugout netting has certainly made the ballpark a safer place for fans that wish to sit close to the field,” said Fresno Grizzlies President Derek Franks in the release. “Now, we want fans sitting down each foul line to enjoy that view of the ballpark without worrying about their safety, or the safety of their loved ones.”

Since taking over in 2018, the Grizzlies and the city have invested $3.4 million in capital improvements, including a social area in left field, renovations to the Kodiak Club as well as a groundbreaking for a water park in right field slated for a 2020 opening.

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