Baseball’s home diamond, Tucker Field at Barcroft Park, will include a new privately funded video card to be completed before the 2021 season, according to a press release release Friday.
Joe and Leslie Barmakian, the parents of graduate student Steve Barmakian, led the funding and want the family name visible on the new board, the release states. The video card will be 40 feet high and 32 feet wide and includes a 576 square meter LED screen, the release states.
The Barmakians said they were “grateful” for the positive impact head coach Gregg Ritchie and the baseball program have had on student athletes, and they wanted to give a gift that will benefit the program in the years to come.
“We believe that GW Baseball has the potential to win the A-10 Championship and to compete nationally,” the pair said in the release. “So we hope our gift will provide technology for player instruction, help recruit top athletes and increased player visibility, while allowing local and national businesses to support GW’s baseball program.”
The board will show live video, sponsorship content, updated stats and player information, according to the release.
“This top-of-the-line video table will provide special excitement for fans and student-athletes,” Ritchie said in the release. “It also allows us to improve development techniques.”
The video table will be the second time in so many years that the family of a current player served as the leading donors of a facility upgrade for the squad. In 2018, Dave and Tam Fassnacht, the parents of the then junior player Nate Fassnacht, were the main donors and namesakes of the team clubhouse and fitness facilities. Fassnacht forewent his final qualifying year after being drafted by the Phillies in 2019.