The Houston Astros will install more protective netting around more areas of Minute Maid Park for their next homestand.
The team announced the move on Thursday after a young girl was struck in the head during a game on May 27.
The current netting will be replaced with knot-less netting, which will allow for an improved viewing experience for fans. The netting will also be extended further down the left-field and right-field lines, increasing the number of seats that will be located behind protective netting.
“Fan experience is always a top priority for the Astros,” a statement from the team said. “The Astros have followed Major League Baseball’s guidelines regarding netting while providing fans with a choice as to whether they sit in areas with or without protective netting.
“These changes will improve the fan’s experience and increase the number of seats behind protective netting. Fans will continue to have the option to sit in areas without netting.”
The netting should be installed by the time for the Astros’ next home game, which will be on Monday, Aug. 19 against Detroit.