Every baseball stadium in the major leagues has protective netting that extends to the outfield end of the dugout.
Frontier Field does not.
There was no edict from Major League Baseball. Every franchise took it upon themselves to expand the nets that prevent screaming foul balls from striking fans in the stands.
Most teams had already expanded the nets. The remaining teams that had not announced an expansion did so on Thursday.
The Red Wings extended netting to cover all the area behind home plate and between the dugouts before the 2016 season.
When contacted on Thursday, the Wings said in a statement:
“Fan safety continues to remain a major concern of the Red Wings and we are exploring all options, including expanded netting, to ensure everyone who enters the ballpark can be as safe as possible.”
The Wings open the 2018 season at home on Friday, April 6th.