WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- After a little girl was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium this week, there's been a lot of talk about safety nets.
BB&T Ballpark, home of the Winston-Salem Dash, has always had a net up behind the batters box, but last year they expanded it from dugout to dugout.
The net is 300-feet around stadium seating and reaches 46-feet high.
It's recommended Major and Minor league teams put netting up around the stands, but it's not required.
"If they're telling us we should do this, let's do it," says Brian Boesch, Director of Media Relations for the Winston-Salem Dash. "It really significantly decreased the number of foul ball and bat related injuries that we had this season."
Boesch says they finished the project in the 2016 off-season and had the new nets up for 2017. He says fans can still clearly see the game through them.
He says they also warn fans throughout the game that there's always the potential of flying bats or balls.
It's also worth pointing out that if you do get hit by a foul ball at any baseball game, the team or stadium will probably not be liable for any injuries. Be sure to check that fine print on your game tickets.
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