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OREM, Utah - Utah Valley State College announced at a press conference today that it has reached a 10-year agreement with local auto dealer Brent Brown and his wife Kim to rename its baseball stadium the Brent Brown Ballpark.
"This is an outstanding day for Wolverine athletics," said Utah Valley Director of Athletics Mike Jacobsen. "We have a fantastic baseball facility and our partnership with Kim and Brent Brown is very representative of both this ball park and our athletics program. We look forward to a long and successful relationship."
The Browns will pay UV $1 million over 10 years for the naming rights. Ira and Mary Lou Fulton will match that amount as part of the $10 million Fulton match program for university status, bringing the total to $2 million.
"The facility has been a phenomenal asset for the community and for UVSC," said school president William Sederburg. "As we move towards Utah Valley University it is a facility that has helped shape the campus. We are excited that this is a first class facility and it's going to have a first class name associated with it."
"This is the real deal and I hope everybody gets on board with that, we're proud to have gotten on board. We feel like this is something that will be a blessing to this community for many many years," said Brent Brown.
The 2,500 stadium-style seat stadium opened on March 24, 2005, a 5-3 Wolverine win over Southern Utah. It can also hold up to 2,500 other fans on the outfield berm down the third base line and in left field.
The facility received the Government and Institutional Project award in 2005 and is also home to minor league baseball club the Orem Owlz.