CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Boston College will officially open the Pete Frates Center on its Brighton campus on Saturday, March 26. The Pete Frates Center, Phase II of Harrington Athletics Village, was named in honor of the late BC baseball captain. Pete Frates ’07 thanks to the generosity of the Yawkey Foundation and a large community of donors.
The autograph program will begin at 11:30 a.m. before BC’s softball game against Virginia (1 p.m.) and baseball game against Louisville (2 p.m.). The event will include remarks from the president of Boston College William P. Leahy, William V. Campbell Athletic Director Patrick Kraftand the Yawkey Foundation John Harrington ’57, MBA’66, M’10, P’82, ’89, GP ’15, ’21, ’21, ’23, ’24, ’25 and James P. Healey ’75, P ’05.
Frates siblings Jennifer Mayo ’04 and Andrew Frates will also speak during the show. Frates’ wife Julie (née Kowalik) Frates ’12 and daughter lucy brothers will also be present.
After the baseball game begins, the facility will be open for tours.
The Pete Frates Center, which opened in fall 2020, is the indoor home of Boston College’s baseball and softball teams. A 31,000 square foot facility, it includes locker rooms and player lounges for each team as well as sports medicine, strength and conditioning, and equipment space on its lower level. The upper level houses a state-of-the-art eight-tunnel hitting facility with an indoor grass pitch and retractable net. The upper level also has a reception area and a terrace overlooking the baseball diamond.
Frates died in December 2019 after a nearly eight-year battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 34. His family continues their mission to find a cure for the disease. Frates is best credited as one of the original drivers behind the launch of the Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014, which raised more than $220 million for ALS research.