Northern Colorado Bears to add lights to Greeley Football Stadium

A donor-funded project would allow the Bears to host night games and playoff games.

GREELEY, Colo. – The University of Northern Colorado (UNC) The athletic department is studying the possibility of adding lights to its football stadium in Greeley.

Adding lights to Nottingham Field, the on-campus stadium of the UNC Bears football team, would allow the team to hold evening games and allow UNC to be eligible to host playoff games. of the Big Sky conference.

“I am excited about the possibility of adding lights to Nottingham Field,” tweeted UNC head coach Ed McCaffrey. “[Bears] fans can enjoy the excitement of football under the lights, and we will FINALLY be eligible to host the Big Sky Playoff Game! Go bears!”

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“Last year my good friend donated our state of the art grass pitch,” McCaffrey continued. “This year, a group of wonderful families and friends at UNC donated the Empower Performance Center. Now another generous friend of mine has committed funding for our UNC Lights project at Nottingham Field. I realize that we We are still in the early planning stages, but the funding is in place.”

“The Sports Department is in the early stages of exploring the addition of lights to Nottingham Field. At this time, no timetable has been set for the donor-funded project,” a statement said. UNC Athletics.

Nottingham Field opened in 1995 and was one of two Big Sky grounds to always feature natural grass until a new grass surface made its debut in 2021. Academy Sports Turf LLC installed on IRONTURFreplacing the existing natural grass surface.

“Installing the 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 new turf and ongoing construction of the Empower Center, our facilities continue to enhance our student-athletes’ ability to succeed.”

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

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