NEW NETTING INSTALLED AT COMERICA PARK FOR 2018 SEASON
Enhanced New Netting Among the Thinnest in Baseball, Extended Past Dugouts and Down the Baselines
The Detroit Tigers have announced that beginning with the 2018 season, Comerica Park will feature an enhanced new netting system, extending past the dugouts and down the baselines. The enhanced new netting covers a much greater area and is some of the thinnest in baseball, reflecting our commitment to providing a fan-friendly, safe and enjoyable experience at a Tigers game.
“We went through the right process in that we did our research and analyzed the data, all of which went into making this decision, and we are fully aligned with Major League Baseball’s recommendation. As part of our study, we looked at other MLB stadiums, and at college baseball stadiums that have extended netting to the foul poles. We made a sound choice to enhance safety and the fan experience.” – Al Avila, Executive VP of Baseball Operations and GM
Based on Major League Baseball’s recommendation for extended netting, and on the ballclub’s own research, netting will now run from behind home plate through section 140 on the third base line, and section 116 on the first base line. The new netting is 20 percent narrower, increasing transparency and providing an enhanced view, particularly behind home plate. All netting will be approximately 30-feet high from the playing surface.
The Tigers reviewed multiple colors and gauges of netting to increase transparency and provide unobtrusive viewing for fans. The new netting material measures in at just 1.2mm, and will significantly improve sightlines for those seats previously behind netting. The prior netting at Comerica Park had a width of 1.52mm.