GW Athletics, Arlington County Celebrate Grand Opening of Barcroft Park
March 2, 2013
The George Washington Department of Athletics and Recreation and Arlington County celebrated the Grand Opening of Barcroft Park in Arlington, VA on Saturday prior to the Colonials game against Quinnipiac.
Festivities included a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring George Washington University President Steven Knapp, Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero, Chairman of the Arlington County Board J. Walter Tejada and Chair of the Arlington Sports Commission Craig Esherick. Esherick later joined GW Provost Steve Lerman for Ceremonial First Pitches through the snow flurries christening the first true home of George Washington Baseball.
The series with Quinnipiac marks the first competition at the fully renovated facility after the Colonials played their home schedule last season through an on-going construction project. The completion of renovations at Barcroft Park marks the next chapter of GW baseball, giving the program one of the top collegiate facilities in the region.
"Having played baseball at this university, I can speak firsthand about the incredible strides that have been made from where GW Baseball used to call home to this immaculate facility that ranks among the best in the region and in our conference," said Head Coach Gregg Ritchie. "For all of the ballplayers that have come through GW over the years, Barcroft Park should serve as a nod of thanks for paving the way."
Updated amenities include a new FieldTurf playing surface, expanded grandstand-style seating, covered dugouts, bullpens, batting cages, a heated press box, concession stands, public restrooms, an entry plaza and expanded parking. A public-private partnership with Arlington County, the university has secured rights to the field for the next 20 years and will split maintenance costs with the county. The GW baseball program and Arlington County have established a mutually beneficial relationship over the past two decades.
"This is a great day for baseball in Arlington," noted Tejada. "Through our very successful partnership with GW, Arlington now has its first turf baseball diamond. I want to thank GW baseball for working with us for nearly two decades in what has become a great partnership with our community. We look forward to enjoying many years of great play on this field by both the Colonials and Arlington baseball leagues."
GW baseball alum Dan Rouhier ('01), currently a radio personality on 106.7-FM The Fan, served as public address announcer for the milestone game, while for the first time in program history all home games are being streamed live on RaiseHigh.tv. WRGW's Nkwa Asonye (play-by-play) and Tim Riordan (color analyst) had the call of the game on RaiseHigh.tv, with Dr. Knapp serving as analyst while the Colonials were at bat in the bottom of the first.
On the field, the Colonials fell to Quinnipiac, 4-2.