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UNC's Nottingham Field to receive a change of surface

The UNC Bears were one of two Big Sky teams to still feature a natural-grass football field.

GREELEY, Colo. — When Ed McCaffrey's UNC Bears take the field this fall at Nottingham Field, it will be on turf instead of natural grass.

The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) Bears' on-campus stadium will debut a new field surface this season, beginning with the home opener on Saturday, Sept. 18 against Lamar.

Academy Sports Turf LLC will begin the installation of the donor-funded IRONTURF in the coming weeks, UNC announced Wednesday.

"The installation of turf at Nottingham Field is just another step in the great support and investment in our student-athletes by our outstanding donors," said UNC Director of Athletics Darren Dunn. "With the new turf and ongoing construction of the Empower Center, our facilities continue to improve our student-athletes ability to succeed."

Nottingham Field opened in 1995 and was one of two fields in the Big Sky to still feature natural grass alongside Cal Poly.

Credit: Northern Colorado Athletics
Nottingham Field surface in Greeley, Colo.

UNC said the last major change to Nottingham Field came in 2015 with the installation of the video board in the south endzone.

"I want to thank President Andy Feinstein, Athletic Director Darren Dunn and the donors who made this possible," said Ed McCaffrey, head football coach. "This is another big step in making a championship program."

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