NASHVILLE - The Phillies will extend the protective netting at Citizens Bank Park for next season to conform to the recommendations of Major League Baseball.

The netting, currently behind home plate, will extend 10 feet on both sides, extending to the near side of each dugout, the Phillies said. The new netting will be stronger than the existing netting, but also thinner and more easily viewed through.

The Phillies also will install the new netting at their spring training home in Clearwater, Fla.

"We understand that our fans differ in their opinions about sitting behind protective netting, and we will do our best to accommodate those different preferences," Phillies executive vice president and chief operating officer Michael R. Stiles said in a statement. "We will take the opportunity in the upcoming season to remind all of our fans about the importance of being alert to the possibility of balls and bats entering the stands throughout the ballpark."