Soccer Supporter Honored with Pavilion Opening

By KBJR News 1

August 8, 2014 Updated Aug 8, 2014 at 9:38 PM CST

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- The late Bob Pratt was one of the Northland's biggest soccer supporters, and on Friday afternoon his family and friends gathered at the Jean Duluth Fields to put the finishing touches on one of his unfinished ideas.

The 'Bob Pratt Pavilion' was officially opened on Friday at the youth soccer complex, something Bob had wanted for years before he died of cancer in 2011.

"It is such a happy day. I look at all of you, and every single person here, those kids on the field, you have inspired all of us, too," Lisa Pratt, Bob's wife, said. "You have made this project happen."

The project took two years and more than $100,000, not to mention countless donations of time and materials, to complete but those in attendance say it's well worth it.

"Bob would be so happy right now," Duluth Mayor Don Ness said, "and he would be so pleased to see this community coming together to make this beautiful project happen. He'd be so proud of all of your efforts to make this project happen."

The pavilion will provide a place for permanent shelter and storage at the soccer complex, and it will also serve as a centralized concession stand for the five fields.

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