Werner Park to extend its safety netting

Werner Park will be an even safer place to watch baseball this coming season.

The safety netting behind home plate will be extended to the end of each team’s dugout instead of the beginning of the dugouts, which is currently the case.

The stadium at 123rd Street and Highway 370 in Papillion is home to the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Storm Chasers have played there since 2011.

The cost of the extended netting is $33,500, and will be paid for by the county, which owns the stadium.

The low bid was submitted by Empire Netting & Fence of Lincoln. Three bids were received, with the highest coming in at $52,766.

The extension was approved unanimously by the County Board, with work scheduled to be complete by Feb. 8.

Marty Cordaro, president and general manager of the Omaha Storm Chasers, said in a statement the new netting will improve both safety and the viewing experience.

“In a continuing effort to put our fans first we are pleased to work with Sarpy County not only to extend the netting to protect our fans but to also provide the best netting material and technology available for visibility of games at Werner Park,” he said.