The Fort Wayne TinCaps will expand the protective netting at Parkview Field in 2016 to the far end of each dugout.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The 2016 season of TinCaps baseball at Parkview Field will feature new players and a new seating area, but one addition is aimed at keeping fans in between safer.

The TinCaps will expand the protective netting at Parkview Field in 2016 to the far end of each dugout. Protective netting at Parkview Field had been available for fans sitting in the sections immediately behind home plate, in Sections 105-111. Beginning this season, though, the expanded netting will additionally cover Sections 103, 104, 112, and 113.

TinCaps officials said the expanded protection will drive home Parkview Field’s reputation as a “fan-first” facility for entertainment, affordability, and guest safety.

“This is something we’ve been researching and planning for months, going well back to last season,” said TinCaps President Mike Nutter. “By expanding the protective netting at Parkview Field, we’ll increase the fan experience and fan safety at our ballpark.”

In December, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred recommended that all Major League clubs implement increased netting to further protect fans from balls and bats entering the stands during game action. Minor League Baseball President & CEO Pat O’Conner endorsed Manfred’s recommendations.

“Minor League Baseball is very appreciative of the time and effort that went into the research done by Major League Baseball in an effort to balance fan safety and the overall fan experience,” O’Conner said. “Minor League Baseball clubs strive to offer safe, family-friendly facilities for our fans and these recommendations will help ensure the safety of those fans sitting close to the action.”

Opening Day at Parkview Field is set for Saturday, April 9, at 6:05 p.m.