Do the fans need more/better protection from flying baseballs at NewBridge Bank Park?

I’m sure you’ve all seen the article by Sonja Elmquist in today’s News and Record and on-line at, if not you need to check it out.

Carroll Master was hit by a foul ball at the Greensboro Grasshoppers game last weekend and he will be forced to lose his left eye.

Mr. Master got popped hard and could this have been avoided if the Hoppers had better netting/screens in and around at the New BridgeBank Park? There are warning signs placed at strategic locations around the ballpark, but does there need to be something more in place to protect fans?

Do you think that the Hoppers need to go ahead and install more of the screens/nets so the fans can feel safer when they come out to a ballgame or as a fan do you think the added netting would be to obtrusive and get in the way of your viewpoint of the baseball game?

The Carolina Mudcats, the Hoppers’ AA sister team in the Florida Marlins organization in Zebulon, N.C., have an abundance of netting around the ballpark to protect the fans but it does hinder your veiw somewhat and it makes it seem like you are on a boat out at sea.

Is it better to be safe than sorry? The News and Record article did mention that there have been four injuries at NewBridge Bank Park this season. If there was more netting around the ballpark you probably wouldn’t see as many foul balls bouncing off of the upper deck and falling back into the crowd and there goes your souvenirs.

Is it better to be safe than sorry, and if that is the case then do the Hoppers need to add more/better protection at NewBridge Bank Park?