Houston Astros to extend, upgrade protective netting at Minute Maid Park

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The protective netting inside Minute Maid Park will be extended to cover more of the seating area.

The Houston Astros announced on Thursday that the protective netting will be both upgraded and extended by August 19.

The current netting will be replaced with knot-less netting, allowing for an improved viewing experience for fans. The Astros say the netting will also be extended further down the left-field and right-field lines.

"Fan experience is always a top priority for the Astros," the Astros said in a statement. "The Astros have followed Major League Baseball's guidelines regarding netting while providing fans with a choice as to whether they sit in areas with or without protective netting. These changes will improve the fan's experience and increase the number of seats behind protective netting.  Fans will continue to have the option to sit in areas without netting."

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