Season ticket-holder seeks safety netting for major league ballparks
An Oakland Athletics season ticket-holder asked a federal court Monday to protect fans from flying bats and balls by ordering Major League Baseball to extend the safety netting at its ballparks the entire length of the foul lines.
The lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California seeks class action status on behalf of all fans buying season tickets in unprotected areas of major league parks.
It is not asking for money; instead, it wants Commissioner Rob Manfred to extend the screens that typically cover only a few sections behind the plate so that they run from foul pole to foul pole.
The baseball lawsuit was filed on behalf of Gail Payne, who has been attending A’s games since 1968 and purchased tickets this year for section 211 at the Oakland Coliseum.
It claims that three or four foul balls each game enter her section, which is along the firstbase line beyond the safety netting.
In this file photo, Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer watches batting practice behind safety netting before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.