Patrick Chalvire/Asst. Sports Director
For the next three years, the football field at FIU Stadium will be going by a different name.
Wednesday afternoon, FIU Athletics announced that they have signed a three-year deal with Ocean Bank, which will change the name of the home field to Ocean Bank Field at FIU Stadium.
Since 2011, the field had been going by the name Alfonso Field, after alumnus David Alfonso.
FIU has had a previous partnership with Ocean Bank and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. “Since our founding in 1982, we have grown alongside FIU and supported its development into a major research university and one of the largest in the nation,” said Ocean Bank Chairman A. Alfonso Macedo.
Macedo is currently a member of the Dean’s Council for the College of Business. The Bank’s executive vice president and head of branch administration are both school alumni.
Ocean Bank has already contributed $1 million to the university’s College of Business which helped fund the construction of the Ocean Bank Auditorium.
There is no word as to how much the university will benefit monetarily from the partnership.
Ocean Bank Field will host its first football game Aug. 30, when the Panthers host the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats to start off the 2014 season.