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Sam Penrod Reporting A local businessman makes a sizable contribution to UVSC in Orem and in return, the school names its baseball stadium after him.
The new baseball field here at UVSC is going to be known as the Brent Brown Ballpark, after the auto dealer made a deal with the school for the naming rights. And he will contribute a sizable amount to UVSC over the next decade.
Brent Brown and his wife Kim made the announcement today on the diamond of the baseball field, as he hit a few balls during batting practice. The Browns have committed to contribute a total of $1 million over the next 10 years to UVSC. Brent Brown will own the naming rights to the stadium until 2017.
And, their donation will be matched by Ira Fulton, who has been very generous as well to higher education in Utah County.
Brown believes UVSC has a lot to offer college students, and the school has become a big part of the community. He says, "I don't know about having our name on the building; that is kind of awkward. But we are really excited to be doing something for education in Utah County, and it's an important thing to use, and we've been really involved with it for the last number of years, and we feel excited to now be furthering it."
Two other people had offered to fund the stadium in recent years, but in both cases the deal fell through. And not only is the Brent Brown Ballpark home to the UVSC baseball team, it is also the home of the minor league Orem Owlz, who start their season next week.
Of course, UVSC is transitioning to become Utah Valley University, and that officially will happen about one year from now, on July 1, 2008.