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Rangers announce new safety initiatives

Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:03 pm
By Matt Snyder

In light of a fan falling over a railing, which caused his tragic and untimely death, the Texas Rangers have announced several changes to their ballpark to help prevent any type of a repeat.

“The safety of our fans is our top priority,” president and CEO Nolan Ryan said in a press release. “The initiatives we are announcing today for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will help to ensure that we meet that priority.”

The Rangers said in the release that, after consulting with numerous industry experts, the ballpark already had railings exceeding normal regulations but have still decided to raise them to what will be the "highest standard in the United States at this time."

The Rangers have also made the following changes (via official press release):
1) New signage is being installed on the railings at the base of the aisles and in front of front row seating, which states “DO NOT LEAN, SIT ON, OR STAND AGAINST RAIL”. The signage will be on the railings in front of all outfield seating from foul pole to foul pole and on all upper level seating, including the two suite levels.

2) A pre-game warning with the same information will be made prior to the start of each game over the Ballpark’s public address system and on the scoreboards.

3) Security and Customer Service staff will enforce this policy with guests seated near the rails.
All changes will be effective by the time the Rangers return home Friday.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:45 am

Rangers announce new safety initiatives

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Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 3:20 am

Rangers announce new safety initiatives

Netting, plexi-glass, higher railings?  How about a little common sense and personal accountability?  It's sad he died, but who risks his/her life for a $20 baseball?  It's not like there wasn't already a railing in front of him or he didn't realize he was 75ft in the air. 

I don't want this junk interfering w/ my view because somebody isn't smart enough to know the fall from the 2nd deck isn't worth the risk for a foul ball.  Of course, my parents started teaching me personal accountability when I was 5 years old and 2nd grade science taught me all about gravity.

Keep the nets, plexi-glass and higher railings out of my way and the people who can't understand the risk of falling a couple of stories at home watching the game from the "safety" of their living room. 

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 9:30 pm

Rangers announce new safety initiatives

Maybe it should be more like hockey. Have the boards, but to also have plexy glass another 6-7 feet high. that way people can't lean over the rails. If the fans are going to get home run balls and foul balls its going to go over the glass. This is what it should be. Its to easy to fall over and lose your balance. Also it can keep the idiots from jumping out of thier seats and onto the field. Just a sugestion.

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 5:59 pm

Rangers announce new safety initiatives

 I agree, there should have been netting there to begin with. Higher railings are just going to block your sight lines to the park. In the moment when a ball is coming for you you're not thinking as clearly, especially when you're trying to get your son a baseball from his favorite player. I believe people on a balcony are a lot more cautious than someone in that mans seat. It would make perfect sense for netting in that area it would not block or hinder anyone's experience.

Since: Nov 21, 2009
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:58 pm

Rangers announce new safety initiatives

jpmel...horrible opinion.

Since: Jul 17, 2011
Posted on: July 19, 2011 4:51 pm

Rangers announce new safety initiatives

There are often knee jerk reactions to tragedies.  One of baseball greatest assets is the interaction between the fans and the game itself.  Countless children as well as adults go to the ball park every game with gloves because of this.  To radically change this with nets, excessive padding, or other extremes because of one incident out of thousands of games that have been played would be only expanding the horrible impact of this tragedy further. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: July 19, 2011 3:07 pm

Rangers announce new safety initiatives

Relax a second.  If you are that worried why not tether the baseball. Prevent all balls from going into stands.  Maybe glue the bats to the players hands so they never accidently throw one into the stands.  If you put nets up over the entire field, who would want to go to games.  I understand their is a miniscule chance to get a foul ball or homerun ball, yet you still see thousands of gloves in the stands.

It was a tragic accident, but their building exceedes local and federal regulations.

This goes back to Personal Responsibility.  If you cant control yourself to prevent youself from leaping from a 15 foot ledge, maybe you should have a helmet.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: July 19, 2011 2:13 pm

Rangers announce new safety initiatives

Bad bad bad job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How bout putting netting up, padding on the bottom, something to break a fall. Next time a player flips a ball or a homer is hit, fans aren't going to stop going for the ball because there's a SIGN there!. It's instinct, you reach for the ball.
There's gotta be something they put in that area to to phyiscally break or prevent a fall, a sign isn't enough, neither is an announcement.
Horrible job Texas. I hope next time it's not a kid that plummets.

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