NEBRASKA CITY – Nebraska City School Superintendent Mark Fritch announced a new anticipated completion date for the football field.

Supply chain issues were expected in April, when the Nebraska City School Board selected Sprinturf and announced that work would not be completed before the start of the school year.

The school expected to have the field closed a minimum of  Aug. 20 to Sept. 9, so Lourdes scheduled its Sept. 2 game at the Oak Bowl in Peru. A second home game was scheduled Sept.23 and will now have to be re-scheduled.

Nebraska City’s home opener on Aug. 26 was also scheduled at the Oak Bowl. The Pioneers’ Sept. 16 home game against Wahoo was expected to be on the new turf, but the project is now not expected to be complete until Oct. 7, when a home game is scheduled against Raymond Central.

The Oct. 14 game against Syracuse is the fifth away game on the schedule. Nebraska City is scheduled to host Auburn on Oct. 21.

Fritch said practices will be allowed on the current field turf, where location is predetermined and activity is closely monitored.