Fan safety under a close eye at SRP Park

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

North Augusta, SC--With a couple of young fans getting hit by foul balls at major league games, the Augusta GreenJackets are always evaluating what to do to keep fans safe from balls and bats going into the stands.

Dean Carrigan has been a season ticket holder for several years with the Jackets. His seats are second to none. The number one thing he's told his son, pretty simple

"Yeah, that's what I've told him forever, pay attention, watch the game. We feel pretty safe here, but you know, we worry more about the balls getting thrown from shortstop or third base. Those are the ones we worry about, they come in hot" said Dean Carrigan

Two foul balls this year has struck and injured kids at big league games bringing safety back to the forefront.. It's the number one concern for the GreenJackets and when they built the new stadium, the netting behind the dugouts were installed.

"Now we actually meet Major League Baseball standards as we extend past the dugouts. If you've been to Lake Olmstead, obviously we fell short, when the regulations, we extended when we got here" said Brandon Greene

There is a trade off between having the extended nets and not

"Its more or less the guys who sit right past the nets, are mostly season ticket holders so they kind of like not having the net to be honest, to catch foul balls, etc" said Greene

"For the kids, it's great, they get balls, they get autographs, if they couldn't get that, we might move, but right now, we like where we are" added Carrigan

The Jackets re-evaluate things every year when it comes to safety. If need be, they can extend the nets to protect the fans. Several big league teams are in the process of doing just that.

"One thing we've looked into and in the future, is our ballpark is already built so we can extend all the way down to the ends of both sides so we'll keep that in mind and do our research to kind of deal with it" added Greene

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