Cedar Rapids, IA - With a focus on enhancing fan safety and the overall fan experience at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, the Cedar Rapids Kernels announce plans to extend the protective backstop netting for the 2018 season.
The current protective backstop netting covers sections 108 to 114 (mainly behind home plate) and meets standards issued by Major and Minor League Baseball. The new netting will attach to the front of both dugouts and extend to the outfield ends of both dugouts. This upgrade adds protection to sections 105 to 107 on the first base side and sections 115 to 117 on the third base side.
"The Kernels take fan safety very seriously and take several steps during games to remind fans of the risks of foul balls and broken bats entering the seating area," said Scott Wilson, Kernels General Manager. "While we remind fans to pay attention to the game at all times, this additional netting helps create more awareness about fan safety and offers more seating choices for those fans that wish to sit behind the protective netting."
The expanded protective netting project is scheduled to be complete prior to the Kernels first home game on Saturday, April 7th.
The Kernels open the 2018 Midwest League season on Thursday, April 5th at Quad Cities. They open the 2018 MWL home season at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 7th against Quad Cities at 5:05 PM.
Season ticket packages for the 2018 season are on sale now by calling the Kernels at (319) 896-7622 or email Peter Keleher at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual game tickets for the 2018 season go on sale Monday, March 19th at 10 AM.