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seating along the first- and thirdbase lines between home plate and
the dugouts. " In addressing this
issue, the court would consider
whether such a requirement would
" increase safety and minimize the
risk of injury to spectators without
altering the nature of baseball as it
is played today in professional and
college ball parks. "
In her complaint, Summer had
alleged that " Blair Field had inadequate protective netting in the
perceived zone of danger behind
home plate, " as well as " field-level
seating along the first- and thirdbase lines between home plate and
the dugouts. "
Summer had also alleged " the
danger to spectators of being hit by
hard-hit foul balls in the high-risk,

unscreened area at Blair Field had
been increased by addition of box
seats on the field level along the
first- and third-base lines. " Specifically, Summer claimed these seats
were more dangerous because
these seats " were closer to the field
of play than the distance recommended for college baseball stadiums by the National Collegiate
Athletic Association (NCAA). "
In her complaint, Summer further
claimed owners and operators
of the stadium had increased the
danger to spectators by creating
" unnecessary distractions at the
ball park, including large, colorful
advertising on the outfield wall and
Wi-Fi ready access to encourage
spectators to use their mobile devices during ball games. "

The trial court had ruled these
allegations in Summer's complaint were " insufficient to state
a cause of action for either negligence or premises liability because
being hit by a foul ball is an inherent risk to spectators attending
baseball games. " According to
the trial court: " The lack of netting is not an increase of inherent
risks. " Applying the reasoning of
the traditional Baseball Rule, the
trial court had found no legal duty
to install extra netting that " might
decrease the inherent risks of being hit by a foul ball. "
On appeal, U.S. Baseball reaffirmed the ruling of the trial court,
which had found no legal basis for
Summer's claims of negligence and
premises liability. Specifically, U.S.

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