Thanks to a $1.5 million donation, the UCF Knights are planning to overhaul their baseball facility by the 2018 season.
Winter Springs resident John Euliano, who also serves as the vice chair of the UCF Foundation, has donated $1.5 million to the baseball program, funding that will be used to upgrade the team’s facility. Currently, UCF is planning an overhaul that will include a new home plate tower, plus a premium club area, new seating in other sections of the ballpark, and several other fan experience amenities. Changes to the clubhouses is also on tap. As the result of Euliano’s donation, the ballpark–currently known as Jay Bergman Field–will be renamed John Euliano Stadium when the renovations are complete.
“Baseball has always been a passion of mine,” Euliano said in a press statement. “UCF is world-class academically, and I want to see the University reach the same level of success in athletics. In order to get there, we need first-class facilities for our student-athletes. The game of baseball provides so many life lessons that can help these men in their life after the game ends for them. Dealing with failure, making adjustments, leadership and teamwork are just a few. I have such an amazing opportunity to help the UCF baseball team achieve its goals by funding an upgraded baseball facility, and I’m excited to partner with them in this endeavor. We are going build a championship program, and I’m proud to be a small part of it.”
“This is a big-time, game-changing gift for us,” director of athletics Danny White said in a statement. “It is one of the largest individual gift commitments in the history of our athletic department. When John Euliano Park opens, we’ll have a state-of-the-art facility for our baseball program that will provide great benefits to our student-athletes, our coaches and our fans. We can’t thank John and his family enough.”
“When the young men we’re recruiting see the renderings, they’re going to be even more excited to come play baseball at UCF,” head coach Greg Lovelady said in a statement. “Great facilities, great support and great fans all played a part in my desire to coach at UCF. With this one amazing gesture, John Euliano just raised the level of all those areas. I can’t wait to see John Euliano Park open in the very near future.”
UCF is still seeking donations and season ticket commitments to help fund the project. The next step will be for the Board of Regents to finalize the timeline for the renovations.
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