Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, USA, is bringing home its long-term initiative for an upgraded Kessler Field after the local Zoning Board voted for approval. The likely start of the $15 million project will be at the end of the 2016 football season, completing in time for the 2017 season-opener against Lafayette.
Monmouth said in a statement that 70 percent of the private funds raised for the $15 million project have been secured. The University is seeking the remaining funds and other necessary approvals and building permits before embarking on construction of new bowl with 4,200 seats (capacity up from 3,100).
Monmouth University President Paul R. Brown said.
Beyond the obvious benefit to our current and future student-athletes, the Monmouth Stadium will offer an enhanced fan experience for alumni and friends in the community, as well as a boost to the local economy that will come along with the opportunities to host regional and national competitions, in addition to league play.
Marilyn McNeil, Vice president and Director of Sthletics, said:
Our student-athletes have enjoyed continued success and national recognition. The Monmouth Stadium will be a showcase for that success and a training ground for what we hope to accomplish in the future.