New changing rooms named after popular Rushden toy shop owner Jim Osborne were officially opened on Saturday.
The £120,000 project at Jubilee Park in Rushden was funded by Sport England, East Northamptonshire Council and Rushden Town Council and will see more football and rugby games hosted in the town.
Jim Osborne ran the sports shop from 1955 until he died earlier this summer, with his family unveiling a memorial plaque at the opening.
Town mayor Kaye Rawlins was one of his neighbours when she first moved to Rushden in the 1950s.
In a speech marking the official opening of the Jim Osborne Pavilion, she said: “I am pleased to name this building after a man who has given much to the town over the years.
“He was always friendly, never too busy to chat and always gave good advice.
“Jubilee Park on a Saturday morning is full of youngsters training and learning about the game of football and so it is apt that this building is named after a man who loved the game.”
The milestone for the new changing rooms was marked with a football match between Sport England under-16s and a team of builders who helped to construct the pavilion.
Town clerk Vivienne Prodger added: “The new pavilion will provide excellent changing facilities and allow us to host league football matches as they now comply with Sport England guidelines.”