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The baseball field at Virginia Wesleyan College is getting significant upgrades this fall to the dugouts and backstop, as well as a new press box and grandstand. The projects are funded by longtime college benefactors Joan and Macon Brock. The field will be named after Joan's father and former board member Kenneth R. Perry.
The $550,000 contribution from the Brocks funds a new 370-seat grandstand; a climate-controlled press box with scorer's table; a rebuild of the existing dugouts, including new benches, helmet and bat racks and protective netting; a VWC-branded home-plate halo; relocation of the bullpens; four-foot black vinyl fencing with spectator-friendly sightlines; practice screen replacement; new pole and net backstop; and surrounding landscaping.
An earlier donation from the Brocks funded a new irrigation system, as well as grading and re-sodding of the field.
"Virginia Wesleyan has some of the most attractive NCAA Division III facilities in this region," said Joanne Renn, executive director of intercollegiate athletics. "Improvements to Perry Field will increase our ability to attract top talent, better accommodate spectators and raise the profile of Marlin baseball."
Several other facilities at the college and director positions are named after the Brocks and Perry.
Upgrades to the baseball field are slated for completion by the start of the season in February.
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