Herald JournalHerald Journal, Oct. 20, 2003

Vikings and Lester Building Systems dedicate pavilion

By Ryan Gueningsman

The Minnesota Vikings hosted employees from Lester Building Systems of Lester Prairie for a dedication of the Viking Pavilion at Winter Park, the team's practice facility Wednesday.

Lester Building Systems built the pavilion as part of a partnership with the football club, which is believed to be the first of this sort in the National Football League.

The Lester Prairie-based company received network and local radio deals, hospitality for customers, prospects, and employees, in addition to other advertising at the Metrodome on the scoreboard and the Vikings Gameday program.

There are also ticket promotions and giveaways being conducted. The partnership is a three-year package and goes through the 2004 season.

"We were looking for a reliable, established Minnesota company for the project," said Vikings Vice President Mike Kelly. "We approached Lester Building Systems to gauge its interest, and with its long-time ties to the state, we quickly came to an agreement."

The Vikings Pavilion is 36 feet wide by 10 feet high and has open-air sidewalls and endwalls. The roof features special architectural-style laminated beams below and standing seam metal roofing on top.

The pavilion will be used by the team for corporate outings, coaching clinics, and other community events.

While at Winter Park, Lester Building Systems employees heard from president John Hill, had snacks, and were able to watch the Vikings practice.

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