The Yankees announced plans Wednesday afternoon for the expanded netting that will be installed at the Stadium for the 2018 season.
Increased coverage will include partially retractable netting attached to the roofs of both dugouts and stationary netting extending beyond the far ends of the dugouts toward the foul poles. The netting will extend nine feet above each dugout and will stretch to section 011 on the first base side and section 029 on the third base side. This netting beyond the dugouts will stand eight feet above the playing field, or about five and half feet above the walls. The netting has also been added to the Stadium seating chart.
The bottom portions of the nets will be upwardly retractable by up to three feet, allowing fans the opportunity to interact with players during batting practice. Prior to the start of the game, the nets will connect to the dugout roof, where they will remain in place throughout the game.
Installation will begin in February and will be completed in time for the team’s home opener on Monday, April 2 against Tampa Bay.
Similar protective netting will also be installed at George M. Steinbrenner Field in time for the start of Spring Training, which is Tuesday, February 13.