Monmouth University and OceanFirst Bank have announced their partnership to name the university’s multipurpose activity center and basketball arena the OceanFirst Bank Center.

The agreement continues through 2036, and includes official naming rights and other partnership benefits. The OceanFirst Bank brand will be displayed in prominent locations both inside and outside the facility.

Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown spoke about the strong synergy the partnership with OceanFirst provides.

OceanFirst fits all of the criteria we were looking for in a naming rights partner. They are an industry leader in the region; they are committed to growth; and they bring a broad community connection that reinforces our relationships with students, alumni and friends in the region. OceanFirst’s demonstrated track record of support for higher education was also a critical component of our agreement.”

Jason Kroll, vice president of external affairs at Monmouth University, talked about the growing popularity and national recognition of the Hawks.

Monmouth University’s national profile is unmistakably on the rise and the stellar season our men’s basketball team enjoyed under Head Coach King Rice was a significant contributor to this ascent. The corporate community took notice, and we are thrilled to find a partner who shares our regional roots, our commitment to excellence, and our desire for even greater visibility.”

Formerly called "The MAC", the OceanFirst Bank Center is located at the center of Monmouth’s campus. It's a 153,200 square foot building, housing a 4,100-seat competition arena; a 200-meter, six-lane indoor track; locker rooms; educational and conference space; the Leon Hess Champions' Hall, fitness center, and the University Store.

As distinguished alumni, Producer Steve and I are waiting for our invitation to the opening ceremony. I'm sure it's in the mail.

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