JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the City of Jacksonville and SMG Jacksonville will install new fan-safety netting at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville for the 2018 season. The netting will stretch to the far end of each dugout, meeting a standard that will be followed by all Major League ballparks by 2018 Opening Day.
The new netting will extend in front of Sections 102 (on the third-base side) to 113 (on the first-base side). Netting will also remain in place over the top of Sections 105 to 110. The new netting will be in place for the March 27 game between the University of Florida and Florida State University, followed by the Jumbo Shrimp home opener on Wednesday, April 11, at 7:05 p.m.
The current netting will be extended with an Ultra Cross® Braided Dyneema® Netting system. The new netting will have a minimal impact on the fan-viewing experience due to the thinner material and knotless construction offering up to 95 percent spectator visibility.
"Fan safety is our top priority," said Jumbo Shrimp General Manager Harold Craw. "The netting extension will make the Baseball Grounds safer, without taking away from the fun-filled environment. We thank Mayor Curry, the City of Jacksonville and SMG Jacksonville for their commitment to fan safety."
Installation will be performed by Burbank Sports Nets from Fernandina Beach, Florida, and it is scheduled to begin in early March.
Each Major League Club made the decision to expand its ballpark netting beyond the minimum recommendations issued by the Commissioner's Office and endorsed by Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O'Conner.
UP NEXT: The Jumbo Shrimp open the 2018 season presented by Community First Credit Union on April 5, in Jackson, Tennessee. The 2018 home opener is Wednesday, April 11, at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Season ticket renewals and new packages for the 2018 season may be reserved with a nonrefundable 25 percent down payment by calling a Jumbo Shrimp account representative at (904) 358-2846 or at the ballpark Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
ABOUT THE JUMBO SHRIMP: The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp offer affordable family fun at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Their inaugural season garnered the Southern League's Don Mincher Organization of the Year, Promotional Trophy, and Jimmy Bragan Executive of the Year, won by General Manager Harold Craw. To experience the excitement with the terrific value of ticket and group options, call the Jumbo Shrimp at (904) 358-2846 or visit www.jaxshrimp.com.