In 2016, the Iowa Cubs — a Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs — were looking to upgrade their stadium with a lift-and-tension-based netting system at the team’s facility, Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa. The ballclub selected Beacon Athletics as their backstop netting provider to oversee their project that would add netting behind their dugouts.
After Major League Baseball mandated enhanced netting protection for fans for MLB ballparks in late 2019, the Iowa Cubs decided to extend their netting to both foul poles to protect their spectators from hard-hit foul balls and thrown bats. But, their existing structures were only engineered to handle the dugout net extensions installed in 2016. They could not afford a total reengineering of their system to handle the netting addition extending all the way down the foul lines.