KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Another fan was hit by a baseball at Kauffman Stadium Saturday night. Luckily, she is going to be okay. The Royals organization said it could put up more netting by the end of the season. But with the risk of fast foul balls, what do people at the K think needs to happen next?
“I think it’s a part of what happens with baseball games,” Amanda Kresyman, who doesn’t want more netting, said.
“The game is just quicker, and the balls are coming off the bats a lot quicker and a lot of times people are not paying attention,” Sean Tucker, who is visiting from San Diego, said.
A woman who was hit by the foul ball Saturday night was sitting in section 115, outside the reach of the protective netting down the third base line. First aid rushed over and she is going to be okay, after a trip to the hospital.
But should there be more netting?
“Parker thinks they need to lower it because he wants to catch a ball,” Kenny Seely, went to game with his son, said.
“It certainly can’t hurt if it makes the experience for the visitors safer,” Jamie Montoy, want’s more netting, said.
“I don’t think putting up higher fences or netting is absolutely necessary,” Kresyman said.
Two weeks ago, another Royals fan was hit. She’s also going to be okay, but the question about netting came up then too.
If the Royals decide to put up extra netting, it could go all the way to the foul poles in right and left field. So KCTV5 News measured how much they would need.
To cover most of the lower section of the stadium, the club would need to install a total of 350 feet of netting on each side.
The Royals said they’ve been conducting a study. It’s almost complete and the organization said, “We anticipate the expansion taking place in the next several weeks, possibly before the season ends.”
The Royals aren’t the only club dealing with injured fans this season. A child was seriously hurt during a Cubs, Astros game in May just to name one.