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GW Takes Field at New Barcroft Park Home

by ARLnow.com | March 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm | 2,561 views | 5 Comments

The George Washington University baseball team christened its new $3 million field at Barcroft Park (4200 S. Four Mile Run Drive) last Friday. The team might have lost the first game at its newly-renovated home field, but it was a victory for a Division I athletic program that finally has a Division I-caliber field.

“It was a recreational field before,” coach Steve Mrowka told the GW Hatchet. “You couldn’t really have a solid game there.”

Now, the field has artificial turf, full-sized dugouts and more standard playing dimensions. Mrowka told the Hatchet that he believes the field will improve the team’s play and help with recruitment.

The Arlington County Board approved the plan to renovate Barcroft Field #6 in September, in an agreement with GW that called for the school to pay for all renovations and to split maintenance costs 25/75 with the county. While GW is given priority on the field for games and practices, it is open for use by the community at other times (about 75 percent of playable hours).

Though the team is playing there now, work on the field is not complete. Construction crews are still busy adding features like 500-person seating capacity seating, a new concessions area, permanent dugouts and a reconfigured parking lot.

GW will be playing home games against Shepherd at the field on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 1:00 p.m. See a full game schedule on the GW Baseball website.

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  • T

    I noticed that the warning track was not actually dirt, and was just brown-painted field turf. The point of a warning track is so the outfielder can feel the turf change under his feet as he is looking up at a fly ball so he knows how close he is to the fence. How does a change in the turf’s color help?

    Stupid decision – I’d be disappointed if I were a GWU outfielder.

    Other than that, the dugouts look nice. And the logo painted in the outfield is pretty sharp, too.

    • kevin

      I think there’s a higher level of the granulated rubber under the warning track so you can feel the difference. Also, from experience i know the color does make a difference, even if it’s tangential.

      • yequalsy

        Yeah many of them (don’t know about GW, specifically) have a lava-rock layer under the warning track so it’s does feel distinctly different. These all-synthetic fields are becoming quite common now. Texas & Maryland have them. If memory serves so do James Madison and George Mason.

  • http://www.gwu.edu Loyal Colonial

    Great partnership between Arlington County and the University – Go GW!

  • http://www.playaasl.com DC Social Sports Club

    Awesome new fields!

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