Renovations to English Field at Union Park are underway, as Virginia Tech officials held a ground breaking ceremony late last week.
Virginia Tech is undertaking a two-phase renovation to its baseball facility. At a cost of $18 million, the round of renovations will lead to the construction of a new seating area behind home plate, new clubhouses, upgraded videoboards, social spaces, premium seating areas, and more.
To get the project off the ground, Virginia Tech agreed to a $3.5 million naming rights deal with Union Bank & Trust this spring. Under the current timeline, the upgrades should be completed by the beginning of the 2018 college baseball season. More from the Collegiate Times:
The renovations to English Field at Union Park are much needed. While Tech has added a turf field, the park still falls behind other schools in the ACC. Head coach Patrick Mason talked about what the perception of Hokie baseball is.
“I honestly believe that one of the biggest knocks on us prior was just the perception, not necessarily the reality, but just how much does Virginia Tech care about baseball,” Mason said. “The facility isn’t holding anyone back and has people wondering what the future holds. It’s pretty clear that the future is a team that wants to compete for a national championship.”
Rather than move to a temporary facility, Virginia Tech is expected to play around the construction next season at English Field at Union Park.
Renderings courtesy of Virginia Tech.