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Jorge Prats Field Renovations

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Beverly Holmes

Vice President for Advancement

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401- 4999

309-341-7755

888-566-9265 (Toll Free)

Fax: 309-341-7770

bholmes@​knox.edu

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Soccer at Knox

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).

Prats Field Renovation Plan

  • Replace grass with synthetic turf
  • Install lighting
  • Install scoring table
  • Install new bleacher seating
  • Upgrade scoreboard and install upgraded sound system
  • Align landscaping and entry arch with other athletic facilities at Knox, including Knosher Bowl and Trevor Field/Turner Track

We estimate these enhancements will cost about $1.2 million. The first phase will focus on gifts for the field and lights and is estimated at $1 million. Thanks to the generosity of more than 20 alumni, we are half way to that goal. Once the full funding is in place, construction of the field and lights should take approximately 2-3 months. We plan to complete the soccer complex with the amenities mentioned above, and—if these enhancements inspire other donors to join in—the final phase would add a press box and storage facility.

For more information on making a gift for Jorge Prats Field, contact the Office of Advancement at 888-566-9265 or e-mail gifts@knox.edu. Or make your gift now.

Prats Field Rendering 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.

Prats Field Rendering 2

The proposed arched gateway to the soccer field replicates similar gateways at the Knosher Bowl and Trevor Field/Turner Track.

Prats Field Rendering 3

Lights allow for expanded practice opportunities and expanded options for scheduling games later in the day or evenings.

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