Vice President for Advancement
2 East South Street
Galesburg, IL 61401- 4999
The Prairie Fire men's and women's soccer teams have proven themselves in the Midwest Conference and have garnered national attention. Now, Knox has an unprecedented opportunity to make itself a premier destination for serious and competitive soccer players who are also looking for an academically rigorous college education.
As we recruit, we are competing for top student-athletes against our Midwest Conference rivals like St. Norbert and Lake Forest, and also against schools with national reputations, such as Kenyon and Trinity. Knox does so from a competitive disadvantage, however, because each of those schools can offer top prospects something we cannot—larger, newer, state-of-the-art soccer facilities. This project aims to level that playing field (so to speak).
The renovation plan is a phased approach. Phase one will:
Phase two will:
We estimate these enhancements will cost about $1.5 million. The first phase is estimated at $1 million and thanks to the generosity of more than 50 alumni, we are over half way to that goal. While fundraising for phase one continues, renovations have already begun in preparation for the new turf as the City of Galesburg is installing new sewer pipes under the field. The turf and fencing will be complete by August in time for pre-season practice and a dedication is being planned during Family & Friends Weekend, September 29.
Upon completion of phases one and two, decisions will be made concerning a final phase—to add a press box and storage facility.
Phase 1: The renovated Prats Soccer Field features synthetic turf, allowing for both practice and game play on the same venue in all types of weather.
The proposed arched gateway to the soccer field replicates similar gateways at the Knosher Bowl and Trevor Field/Turner Track.
Lights allow for expanded practice opportunities and expanded options for scheduling games later in the day or evenings.
Raised last year
More than 7,600 alumni, parents, and friends gave to Knox students and faculty last year totaling 13 million dollars