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.All changes will be effective by the time the Rangers return home Friday.
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.
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