Extended Agreement Between GW and Arlington County Paves Way for Expansion at Barcroft Park
New clubhouse, enclosed batting cages to be part of Colonials’ baseball home
The George Washington University Department of Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce that the Arlington County Board has approved the construction of a new clubhouse with indoor batting tunnels and locker facilities, as well as covered outdoor batting cages at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park. In addition to providing year round practice facilities for the GW Baseball program, the four indoor batting cages will serve Arlington’s baseball and softball communities as well.
"Our partnership with Arlington County has been mutually beneficial,” noted Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero. “It has allowed us to provide an excellent home ballpark for our student-athletes, which has been reviewed as one of the top facilities in the region. The new clubhouse and enclosed batting cages will serve to enhance it further. We've also been able to compete for an Atlantic 10 Championship at Tucker Field at Barcroft Park, and will have the opportunity to do so again when we host the Championship in 2018. Meanwhile, it is special that the youth of Arlington County have the opportunity to play at a premier venue as they learn and grow through sports. We're excited to be able to extend our agreement."
GW is also proud to announce that a $2 million anonymous gift was recently bestowed to the program to support the project, which will be fully funded through private philanthropy at GW.
"This gift will have a significant impact on our baseball student-athletes and coaches," Nero said. "This donation allows us to move forward on a project that provides the necessary resources for our baseball program to be successful. The continued generous support of our alumni and friends is critical to maintain the positive momentum of our athletics department. We are extremely grateful to this donor and all those who continue to support our students."
A total of $500,000 of a $1 million gift from Ave Tucker (B.B.A. ’77, member of the GW Board of Trustees and former GW baseball student-athlete) to GW Athletics was previously slated for the clubhouse project last year, and the program is now approaching the necessary funding before construction can begin.
“Ave’s dedication to his alma mater fostered a renewed spirit of philanthropy among our baseball family,” said GW Head Coach Gregg Ritchie. “We feel as though what our student-athletes have been able to accomplish to this point is remarkable when benchmarked against our competition, but to get our program to the next level of the nation’s elite teams, this clubhouse project is paramount. It will provide all of the necessary amenities to allow us to be able to recruit, retain and train the best and brightest student-athletes to learn, compete and grow as men at GW. We’re beyond thankful for this enormous show of generosity and faith in what we’re trying to achieve.”
“The clubhouse will give GW student-athletes on-site locker facilities, indoor practice space with batting cages and pitching tunnels, meeting rooms and a sports medicine area that will enable the program to take the next step into the top tier of collegiate baseball,” said Tucker. “This will truly be a place where our Colonials can thrive and Coach Ritchie and his staff can demonstrate to prospective players that ours is a program with the tools and resources necessary to thrive.”
Tucker Field at Barcroft Park was dedicated on Oct. 18, 2014. The park has been the home of GW baseball since the team relocated off The Ellipse in 1993. Following the signing of the original agreement with Arlington County in 2011, Barcroft Park underwent a multi-million dollar renovation in 2012 to install a new press box, concession area, dugouts, bullpens and stadium seating, with an accompanying clubhouse being the last piece to put the facility among the nation’s best. The new clubhouse will be a one-story 6,200 square foot building located to the east of the entry gate, while the existing outdoor batting cages will be enclosed into a 3,240 square foot structure. As part of this amended agreement to permit new construction, the partnership will be extended by 10 years to 2041.
"For decades, GW Baseball has earned conference championships, guided student-athletes to professional baseball careers and developed exceptional leaders in industry and communities without a true home to call its own,” said Tucker. “Today’s student-athletes are truly enjoying a different experience. The program’s investments in Tucker Field and Barcroft Park are giving our student-athletes a unique and special place to call home."
Please join the GW Baseball family and consider making a gift to support the clubhouse project.
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