IronPigs to extend safety net this season

Net will provide protection for nearly every seat in the lower seating bowl

By Mike Ventola / Lehigh Valley IronPigs | January 14, 2020 2:15 PM

The Lehigh Valley IronPigs will extend the protective netting farther down both the first- and third-base lines at Coca-Cola Park. The netting will now provide protection for mostly every seat in the lower seating bowl. The installation is scheduled to be completed by Opening Day. 

"Safety of our fans will always be top priority at Coca-Cola Park," stated IronPigs President and General Manager Kurt Landes. "By us extending the netting farther down the first- and third-base lines, this will further ensure our fans' safety."

This is the third time since 2017 the protective netting will be extended towards the foul poles. In response to highly publicized incidents throughout Major League Baseball, the sport continues to review and update netting systems in ballparks across the country to improve fan safety. 

The new product also continues to have the following protective features:   

• The ability to withstand at least 316 pounds of breaking strength
• Strong resistance to UV light
• 15% stronger than steel
• 40% stronger than aramid fibers
• 95% see-through visibility

The 2020 IronPigs season is the team's 13th at Coca-Cola Park. Follow the IronPigs on Twitter at @IronPigs and like them on Facebook via Facebook.com/LHVIronPigs

The 2020 IronPigs season is presented by Capital BlueCross.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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