SPRINGDALE, AR - The Northwest Arkansas Naturals announced plans to install additional netting at Arvest Ballpark in advance of the 2017 season.
The additional netting, which will be made of a thinner, lower-gauge material, will extend to the end of each dugout. The current backstop net, which exceeds MLB recommendations, covers seats in Sections 108 - 114. The new netting will cover parts of Sections 105- 107 on the 1b side, as well as Sections 115- 117 on the 3b side of Arvest Ballpark.
An additional 1,420 seats will now be available for fans seeking enhanced safety while attending Naturals games, bringing the total to 2,884 seats, or 44%, of Arvest Ballpark's total capacity behind protective netting.
"Fan comfort and safety will continue to be our top priority," said Justin Cole, General Manager of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. "Many teams throughout the Minor Leagues have expanded their netting; and we are confident this new netting will provide an added level of security to fans without diminishing the great quality of Naturals baseball."
The announcement occurs before single game tickets go on sale to the general public next week. Starting on Monday, February 27 at 10:00 a.m., single game tickets are only available online at www.nwanaturals.com before the Naturals begin selling tickets through all outlets on Saturday, March 4 at the Naturals Open House, which includes the Arvest Ballpark Box Office and over the phone. The Naturals Open House is 11 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and the Arvest Ballpark Box Office will be open throughout.
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals will host the San Antonio Missions, the Double-A Affiliate of the San Diego Padres, on Thursday, April 6 at 6:25 p.m. for Opening Day of Season 10 of Naturals Baseball at Arvest Ballpark.
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Naturals play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark. For more information, including statistics, ticket options, and more, please visit NWANaturals.com, and follow us on Twitter @NWANaturals and Facebook.com/Naturals.