Following an incident at an Astros-Cubs game last week where a young girl was hit with a foul ball, Texas Tech inspected the safety netting at its stadium ahead of the NCAA Regional games, which began on Friday.
“Just as an administrator, as a parent, and as a fan, you look at those things and it bothers you. You’d hate to think that would ever happen to somebody at our ballpark," Robert Giovannetti, senior associate tech athletic director, told the local NBC affiliate.
The young girl who was hit by a foul ball last week appears to be ok, but the incident was a reminder for officials at Texas Tech that safety is of the utmost importance.
“We are working with a netting company and we’re looking at ways we can improve the safety every year,” Giovannetti said. “We look at all of our facilities, what we can do differently, and how we can improve the fan experience.”
Texas Tech’s seating is currently covered with a net to protect fans from behind home plate and down each base line near the dugout on the first and third base sides. The school is in the process of adding more.
"We want everyone to come and have a great, safe, and fun experience,” Giovannetti said.