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New surface coming to Foster Field

The turf at Foster Field begins to come out of the seams at Nebraska-Kearney's Ron and Carol Cope Stadium on June 19, 2017 (NTV News)

Foster Field is getting a renewal on life after 13 years of wear and tear.

The surface at Ron and Carol Cope Stadium in Kearney has endured a variety of sports, and weather, for more than a decade and its time to be replaced is overdue.

After its installation in 2004, the life expectancy was pegged at 8 to 10 years.

The Lopers are getting a new look, as well - one similar to the University of Nebraska, known as the "Classic HD" with Nebraska written in the North end zone and Kearney in the South.

The total cost of the replacement, both removal and install, rings up at $464,000. UNK athletics is not using any state dollars for the project, raising $300,000 in conjunction with the University of Nebraska foundation, plus a grant and a facility reserve account.

The field should be ready for use in early August when the Lopers begin fall camp.

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