Monmouth Park during a horse race
Starting next year, Oceanport, NJ's Monmouth Park will double as an outdoor concert venue. Via press release:
Monmouth Park, AEG Live, and The Thoroughbred Management, Inc. (TTM) have entered into an exclusive booking agreement for a new 7,500-seat, outdoor concert venue slated to open its doors May 2015.Monmouth Park still hosts many other events. Stay tuned for announcements on upcoming concerts next year.
As part of a multi-year deal, AEG Live and TTM - led by industry veteran Jerry Bakal - will bring shows to the Jersey Shore racetrack during summer months as part of an entertainment complex also blueprinted to include a boardwalk, restaurant and Bluegrass Miniature Golf Course, which opened in 2012.
"We're extremely happy to announce our agreement with AEG Live and TTM," said Bob Kulina, President of Darby Development LLC, operators of Monmouth Park Racetrack. "Our partnership with these titans in the music industry will bring yet another form of exciting entertainment to our facility. We think this style of concert venue on the Jersey Shore is the perfect size and location for an amazing night out during the summer."
[...]"We are thrilled about working with AEG Live and what the addition of a designated concert space will mean to Monmouth Park and the overall area," stated Jerry Bakal. "Our goal is to be a year-round entertainment destination for locals and visitors to Oceanport and the Jersey shore."
Once completed, the amphitheater will have approximately 3,500 covered seats along with a lawn suitable to hold another 4,000 fans.
"Our vision for Monmouth Park is to continue to grow as an entertainment destination for the entire family," said Dennis Drazin, advisor to Darby Development LLC and the New Jersey Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association. "With the addition of the concert venue, boardwalk and restaurant - in addition to our already-successful mini golf course - we feel we're well on our way to establishing an inexpensive setting for unparalleled Jersey Shore entertainment."