By Mike DeNardo

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — In addition to new management on the field, Phillies fans can expect some off-the-field changes this season at Citizens Bank Park.

To improve fan safety, the Phillies are raising and extending the protective netting, beyond the dugouts.

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The netting will be raised, from eight to 12 feet, and will extend to sections 115 and 132.

Phillies senior VP John Weber says the state-of-the-art netting will be more transparent.

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“It’s actually going to be a green color that, when you look through it, it kind of just melds into the green field. So it’s even a better netting than we had last year,” said Weber.

The netting is also being installed at the Phils’ spring training facility in Clearwater.

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The team is also banning smoking anywhere in Citizens Bank Park for 2018. Last season there were designated smoking areas behind the third base and left field gates.