Tucker Field at Barcroft Park – George Washington Colonials
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Tucker Field at Barcroft Park is the home of the George Washington Colonials baseball team. It is not located on George Washington’s campus in downtown Washington, D.C. but rather is located across the Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia, in the middle of a county park. The venue opened in 1993, and since then the Colonials have a winning percentage of close to .600 at home. The 500-seat stadium is quaint and a bit out of the way, but is well worth checking out.
The ballpark received a multimillion-dollar renovation before the 2012 baseball season that included synthetic turf, a new bullpen, upgraded concession area, dugouts, and stadium seating. Two years later, school alumnus and a member of the GW Board of Trustees Avrum “Ave” Tucker donated $1 million towards the facility and it was officially renamed Tucker Field at Barcroft Park. Tucker played centerfield for the Colonials when the club played its home games on the Ellipse between the Washington Monument and the White House.
GWU are members of the Atlantic 10 Conference have captured four conference titles along with four NCAA tournament appearances in 1979, 1989, 1992, and 2002.
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There is one concession stand, located behind home plate. However, it did not open until only a few minutes before game time on the day we went, which is incredibly inconvenient for fans who are looking to get a bite to eat before the game. Concessions include hot dogs ($4), a hamburger with chips ($7, with cheese available for 75 cents extra), soft pretzels ($4), nachos ($5) and chips or candy ($2 each.) Thirsty fans can get bottled water for $2.50 and soda or Powerade for $3. Coffee and hot chocolate are also available for $3 each on cold days. The line can move slowly at times, but it is usually not that long, so you shouldn’t have to wait more than a few minutes.
Tucker Field at Barcroft Park is a quaint field that seats only 1,000. All seats are behind home plate or immediately adjacent, and are bleachers with backs. There are only a few rows, so every seat is close to the action. There is a scoreboard in right centerfield that shows a line score in addition to basic information like the count. There is not much going on between innings other than music, so fans looking for the distractions you’d get at a professional game will be disappointed. However, baseball purists will find The Tuck an enjoyable place to take in a game.
Tucker Field at Barcroft Park is located in a residential neighborhood of Arlington County, so there is not much in the immediate vicinity. However, there are numerous restaurants and other stores a short drive away, either in the heart of Arlington or across the county line in Fairfax County or the City of Alexandria. The City Diner is located on Route 7 and is a local favorite, as is Bob & Edith’s Diner in Arlington. If you’re willing to drive a bit further into Arlington into neighborhoods like Ballston, Clarendon, or Rosslyn, you will find a much wider selection.
Although Tucker Field at Barcroft Park is a small stadium, that does not stop the fans from turning out in numbers. The stadium was mostly full when we visited, and while many of those were visiting fans, GW fans turned out as well. The fans seemed very familiar with the Colonials, knowing all the players by name, and cheered them on throughout the game. Although there were only a few hundred fans, that is sufficient for the size of the park. Some college baseball stadiums in this part of the country are far too big. Tucker Field at Barcroft Park is not, thankfully. The one problem is the lack of students in attendance, but given the distance from campus, that is not surprising.
Tucker Field at Barcroft Park is located off South Four Mile Run Drive in Arlington, just off Leesburg Pike (Route 7) and Columbia Pike (Route 244) in Arlington, Virginia. It is about a 15-minute drive from the GW campus. Free parking is available in a small lot next to the stadium, with overflow parking available if this fills up. Once inside, you should have no trouble finding your way around the stadium, and it is small enough that you shouldn’t have to do much walking. There are restrooms available behind home plate across from the concession stand, which is small but of a sufficient size to handle the crowd.
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Tickets are $6 for adults or $5 for children, which is about standard for this area. Group tickets are available for $4 each if you’re buying 15 or more, and GW students get in for free. The concession prices are about average as well, and parking is free. While a visit to a Colonials baseball game won’t break the bank, its value isn’t anything special either.
There are free programs available with some basic information. That’s about the only extra, the rest of the experience is very barebones.
Although many residents of Northern Virginia don’t realize the George Washington baseball team plays so close by, GW does have its fans and they turn out for their games. A visit to a Colonials game can be an enjoyable way for baseball purists to spend an afternoon, but it is far from the carnival-type atmosphere you would get at a professional game or at some colleges which care more about college baseball.
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