White Sox install extended netting for second half
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The Chicago White Sox have started installing extended protective netting at Guaranteed Rate Field, the team announced Wednesday, and will have it ready for the season's second half.
Crews began working Monday on the extension, which will run to each foul pole. Most of the work was expected to be completed Wednesday, with the netting fully ready for next week's Double Duty Classic, a high school baseball event held at the ballpark.
Chicago returns home from a post-All-Star break road trip on July 22 to play the Miami Marlins.
The White Sox previously announced plans to extend the netting on June 18, but no date was announced at the time.
On June 10, a woman at Guaranteed Rate Field was struck by a hard line drive in the fourth inning. Stadium personnel helped her up to the concourse. WGN in Chicago reported that the woman spent one night in a hospital and went home June 11.
Scrutiny of fan safety at baseball games intensified when a child was hit by a hard line drive during a game at Houston's Minute Maid Park on May 29. The child was also hospitalized.
Before the changes, the netting at Guaranteed Rate Field extended as far as the end of the dugout, which is what MLB currently mandates.