Posted in music | venues on April 17, 2014

Monmouth Park during a horse race
Monmouth Park

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.

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."

Monmouth Park still hosts many other events. Stay tuned for announcements on upcoming concerts next year.



Comments (16)

bands could play while running the horses

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:28 AM

virgin mobile festival 2015

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:28 AM

I think Band of Horses could play.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:33 AM


Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 10:52 AM

10:33 YES! Also I Break Horses

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 11:45 AM

PETA can sponsor.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 12:01 PM

sadly its most likely to be used for vans tours, etc, which they've had there in the past. I love the place though, take my kids at least once a season. cheap day out.

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 12:48 PM

The Hold Steady performing a Boys and Girls in America show would be the perfect way to open this venue.

Posted by ACA | April 17, 2014 12:51 PM


Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 1:21 PM

Monmouth Park is a beautiful, laid-back race track. You can bring in booze and lunch and enjoy a day at the races. It is also accessible via NJ Transit.

Posted by Molly The Dog | April 17, 2014 2:50 PM

love my dirty, dirty jerz

Posted by Pew Jersey | April 17, 2014 4:17 PM

Perhaps a promotion with Day Trotter?

Posted by Anonymous | April 17, 2014 8:03 PM


Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2014 1:46 PM

Surprised Oceanport is allowing - we'll see what type of acts they allow!

Posted by Anonymous | April 18, 2014 5:41 PM

Monmouth Park is the largest polluter in Monmouth County, NJ. Waste from the horses washes into the adjacent Shrewsbury River and has polluted the water to the point that it is not safe for human contact. Please do not patronize Monmouth Park until they house the horses further from the river.

Posted by Joseph Nardone | April 23, 2014 12:19 AM

love this son

Posted by Rolando Huerta | June 2, 2014 6:30 AM

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