City hopes netting will cut bird deaths, poop at sludge plant

This one’s for the birds. After years of wear, the ripped netting that surrounds Houston’s largest wastewater treatment facility allows hundreds of birds each month to fly to grisly deaths inside sewage mixers, centrifuges and high-temperature dryers that stretch four-stories high. The city hopes a simple upgrade will help. City Council on Wednesday agreed to spend $85,285 to replace the … Read More

Stamford’s East Main Street I-95 overpass to be replaced

STAMFORD — The State Bond Commission has OK’d $20 million to replace the 60-year-old bridge that spans Interstate 95 on East Main Street, near where it intersects Courtland Avenue. The project is scheduled to go out to bid Feb. 28, according to a statement from state Sen. Carlo Leone and state Rep. Dan Fox, Democrats from Stamford. Funding for the … Read More

View from Away: Netting improves ballpark safety

A pitch arrives at the plate, the batter swings and a baseball or a bat rockets into the stands. In most cases, there is no harm beyond a few spilled nachos. But sometimes a fan fails to get out of the way, with grim consequences. Last fall, a toddler sitting with her grandparents at Yankee Stadium was struck in the … Read More

Athletics will extend protective netting to far ends of dugouts

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Oakland Athletics will expand protective netting between the stands and the playing field to the far ends of both dugouts ahead of the 2018 season. The netting will be a similar green color as the grass on the field to reduce the visual distraction to fans in attendance and those watching on television, the team said Tuesday. The … Read More

All 30 MLB teams expected to have extended protective netting in 2018

With spring training fast approaching, Major League Baseball teams are quickly finalizing their plans to extend the protective netting down the foul lines at their respective stadiums. Just within the last two weeks, the Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Miami Marlins and Chicago White Sox have joined the ranks of teams committed to adding more netting ahead of the 2018 season. That brings the … Read More

White Sox to extend protective netting at Guaranteed Rate Field

The White Sox are joining the ranks of teams extending protective netting in their ballparks for the 2018. Teams across the majors have been extending netting down the foul lines of their stadiums in response to a toddler being severely injured when a foul ball struck her in September at Yankee Stadium. The Sox were one of the few remaining … Read More

Phillies ban smoking completely, further extend netting at CBP

The Phillies will be one of a growing number of Major League Baseball clubs to extend the protective netting at their home ballparks before the 2018 season begins. Per KYW Newsradio reporter Mike DeNardo, the Phils are raising the netting at Citizens Bank Parkfrom 8 feet to 12 feet high, and extending it one section past the dugouts (Sections 115 to 132) … Read More

Camden Yards Adding Protective Netting

BALTIMORE, MD — Oriole Park at Camden Yards will extend protective netting at the stadium to increase the safety of fans. The Orioles announced more netting will also be installed at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida, where the team holds spring training. “While we are still working with our design and engineering team on the specific dimensions of the … Read More

Tigers have extended safety netting at Comerica Park

All around baseball, teams are making the decision to extend their safety netting to the end of the dugouts in order to better protect fans from foul balls or the occasional slippery bat. For the Detroit Tigers, this decision was an easy one to make, especially after Tigers fan Carey Mason was hit in the head by a foul ball on … Read More