Dayton Dragons fans react to new netting going up at Fifth Third Field

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Baseball fans weigh the pros and cons of being safer at the ballpark or having a better view.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Dayton—What do Dayton Dragons fans think about the new netting that will go up inside Fifth Third Field? As with anything new, reaction to change can often lean toward the negative and that was the case on social media Wednesday afternoon following the Dragons announcement.

At the park, it was another sellout crowd at the stadium and my small unscientific survey showed plenty of positive reaction to the team’s move toward increasing fan safety.

“We’re alway close sitting in the front rows here in Dayton,” said Josh Barnhill. “I think people are throwing faster and hitting harder so fans can sit behind the nets and enjoy the game.”

The Dragons will add netting to cover every permanent seat in the stadium in time for the start of the 2017 season next April. Dayton is one of the first pro teams, minor or major league, to add the additional netting.