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UE Baseball Program receives gift to elevate press box

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2024

ARC Construction Co., Inc. makes gift to upgrade press facilities

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – ARC Construction Co., Inc. has once again demonstrated its commitment to excellence and community with a gift to the University of Evansville's (UE) Baseball program. The company is generously donating $77,400 worth of materials and labor to construct and upgrade additional press areas for German American Field at Charles H. Braun Stadium. The new construction will ensure top-level facilities will be available as the Purple Aces program prepares to host the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) Baseball Tournament in May 2024.

The transformative project built by ARC Construction will enclose platform areas on the first and third base sides of the baseball stadium, equipped with HVAC and modern amenities to accommodate media during baseball games. Additionally, the project includes replacing the canopy on the tops of the press boxes, ensuring a comfortable and functional environment for both media personnel and spectators. This enhancement aligns with UE's commitment to providing top-tier facilities for student-athletes and the broader community.

This project was one of the decisive factors in securing a bid to host the 2024 MVC Baseball Championship with the goal of the facility being part of the permanent rotation to host the event.  Evansville’s facility now has the ability to host multiple radio, print and other media crews that will be in Evansville for the tournament.

Led by Danny Bateman ’71, former President of ARC Construction, and his son Jamie Bateman ’97, current President and COO, the company has deep ties to UE. Danny, an accounting graduate from UE, along with his wife Pat, have maintained a strong connection to the university over the years. The Bateman family's legacy at UE, coupled with their ongoing support, exemplifies their dedication to enhancing the university's facilities and programs.

The Bateman family, along with ARC Construction, have also generously contributed to enhancing campus facilities. This includes the creation of the ARC Construction Student Lounge, located in the east lounge on the upper level of the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration Building, as well as the ARC Construction Ticket Office situated on the first floor of Hyde Hall.

ARC Construction's philanthropic endeavors extend far beyond UE, with involvement in various community organizations such as Youth First, Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Fund, CMOE, United Way, YMCA Camp Carson, and St. Vincent Evansville. Their unwavering commitment to philanthropy underscores their vision for a better, more vibrant Evansville.

"We want to thank ARC Construction for their support of our baseball program, UE Athletics, and the institution as a whole. We had a dream to bring the MVC Baseball Tournament to our campus for the first time, and we needed support to be able to add press box space. It was without hesitation that Danny and Jamie Bateman made it clear they wanted to help. We greatly appreciate all that ARC Construction and the entire Bateman family continue to do for the program," said Kenneth “Ziggy” Siegfried, Athletic Director for UE.

The completion of the Press Box project marks another milestone in UE's ongoing FORWARD>> Campaign, thanks to the generosity and foresight of individuals like Danny and Jamie Bateman. Their legacy of giving back continues to propel UE forward, ensuring a bright future for the university and the students.

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