It's almost time for football season, and Bakersfield College's Memorial Stadium received a "facelift" in the form of artificial turf Tuesday.

The stadium has been closed since April to replace the artificial turf and track as part of several Measure J construction projects. 

On Tuesday, installation began on the field.

"What a view," said the Renegade Athletics' Twitter account Tuesday, with a bird's eye view photo of the stadium.

"All we can say is... WOW!!! Memorial Stadium is coming along beautifully, with the artificial turf beginning installation today," A Better BC Twitter account wrote. "We truly are building A Better BC!"

The stadium will be open to the public in August just in time for football. 

Phase two of the stadium's construction — focused on renovations to restrooms, concession stands and press box and a replacement of the score board, PA system and field lighting — will begin in February 2020 and continue through September 2020. The total cost of both phases amounts to $2 million.

The project was split into two phases in order to reduce campus disruption and avoid having the stadium out of use for more than a year.

Kern County voters approved the $502.8 million Measure J bond in November 2016, and BC received $415 million for various improvement and construction projects across campus.

The track is slated to be completed at the end of August. It will be red with gray passing zones.

Ema Sasic can be reached at 661-395-7392. Follow her on Twitter: @ema_sasic.

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Uh....did they intentionally put two dark green strips together? I hope they aren't planning any September home games in the afternoon. It'll be 115 on the field.

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