The Texas Rangers are trying to make their stadium safer for fans.
The team announced today that it has and will take several steps to ensure fan safety at Rangers Ballpark, including increasing the height of its railings.
The Rangers' current rail heights exceed code, but they "intend to raise the height of all rails in front of seating areas to the highest standard in the United States at this time."
"The safety of our fans is our top priority," team president and CEO Nolan Ryan said in a statement.
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As design and engineering work is being done for the refitted rails, the Rangers will be proactive in doing the following: posting new signage on the railings at the base of the aisles and in front of front row seating; a pre-game warning; and security and customer service staff enforcing the new policy with guests seated near the rails.
Shannon Stone, a 39-year-old Brownwood firefighter who was attending the July 7 game against Oakland with his 6-year-old son, died from injuries suffered after he fell approximately 20 feet from the left-field seats to the concrete below.
It marked the second time in two seasons that a fan has fallen over a railing at the stadium. On July 6, 2010, Tyler Morris fell approximately 30-feet from the second deck into the field level. He sustained a fractured skull and sprained ankle, but called the incident a “100 percent, total accident that could have happened to anybody.”