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WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. – Monmouth University proudly broke ground for the new Multi-purpose Activity Center (MAC), on Saturday, September 8 at 12:00 p.m., prior to the Hawks' 2007 home opener against Robert Morris.
"The MAC groundbreaking is a dream come true for students and athletes alike,” said Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Monmouth’s Vice President and Director of Athletics. “It will raise the stature of our 19 Division I programs but will also serve as a hub of activity for all students. Located near the heart of the campus, we envision the MAC to be a destination place for everyone.”
The MAC, which will serve students, faculty, employees, alumni and residents of the local community, is slated to contain a multi-purpose gymnasium with 4,100 installed seats and a 200M, 6-lane indoor track. The new building will also be home to the University Bookstore, the Monmouth University Athletics Hall of Fame, home and opposing locker rooms, educational and administrative areas, a new Varsity Club, and a new Fitness Center.
The structure, which will encompass 152,400 square feet and take approximately 24 months to complete, cost about $57 million and has no comparable facilities in Monmouth County.
The Activity Center will expand the scope of Monmouth’s intramural and recreational programs and enhance its 19 NCAA Division I athletic programs the university sponsors.
In attendance at the groundbreaking were Monmouth University President Vice Admiral Paul G. Gaffney, along with Jeff Mills, Vice President for University Advancement, Dr. Marilyn McNeil, Vice President and Athletics Director, Patricia Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services and Al Schiavetti, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Peter Bruckmann, President of the Alumni Association, West Long Branch Mayor Tucci, Assemblyman Sean Kean, and the Commissioner of the Northeast Conference, Brenda Weare.
photos by David Beales