BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — On Saturday, Boston College dedicated their 31-thousand-square-foot indoor baseball and softball facility to late baseball captain and 2007 graduate Pete Frates, who died from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2019.
The school announced that the training facility was to be named after Frates, honoring his legacy as a BC alumni, former baseball captain, leader in the search for a cure for ALS, and inspirational figure for the Ice Bucket Challenge campaign. Frates was 34-years-old when he passed, school officials said.
According to the school, the center was completed in 2020 with the support of the Yawkey Foundation and other donors, and has features like locker rooms, hitting tunnels, strength and conditioning space, a hospitality area, and an indoor turf field. BC said that Frates' jersey number was retired back in 2016.
The dedication event had speeches from University President William Leahy and the Frates family, the announcement said.
In April, BC hosts their tenth Annual ALS Awareness Game at Fenway Park, where all ticket proceeds go to the Peter Frates Family Foundation to benefit families caring for individuals fighting ALS.
The Eagles played later in the day, but came up short as the men's baseball team lost to Louisville 6 to 10, and the women's softball team lost to Virginia 2 to 5.