GREENVILLE, S.C. — When Furman’s football team kicks off its 2021 season on Sept. 4 against North Carolina A&T in Paladin Stadium, it will be contested on a new playing surface.
Boasting a lush, dark green look, FieldTurf’s Revolution 360, which was installed this month, boasts Furman’s iconic purple Diamond F at midfield, two Southern Conference logos at the 25-yard lines, and purple end zones displaying “Furman” and Paladins” in white script. The sideline team areas are purple.
Funded by donor and institutional support, the new surface represents the latest of several stadium upgrades implemented over the last year and replaces the former turf that was installed in the summer of 2013. From its construction in 1981 thru 2012, Paladin Stadium sported a natural grass playing surface.
“I would like to thank our donors and administration who have made this possible,” said Furman head football coach Clay Hendrix. “They have provided us with a first class surface on which we can play, train, and develop, and it’s as good as any product on the market. It looks terrific, as do all the other recent improvements.
“Our football team has been working extremely hard,” added Hendrix, “and we are very excited about the 2021 football season and particularly the chance to open our season at home against North Carolina A&T.”
In addition to Paladin football, the new surface will also be utilized by Furman’s women’s lacrosse program.
Seven National Football League stadiums and 12 NFL practice facilities feature FieldTurf surfaces. The company boasts over 1,500 collegiate stadium and practice facility installations spanning a number of sports representing many of the nation’s highest profile programs.
Furman has claimed 12 of its Southern Conference leading 14 football championships in Paladin Stadium, and women’s lacrosse has claimed a pair of league titles in the facility since beginning play in 2015.
Last year Paladin Stadium underwent several changes designed to improve the fan experience, highlighted by a new seating arrangement in Sections 3 & 8 in the west stands.
Offering the stadium’s best vantage point beginning at the 50-yard line, Section 3 over the previous decade featured chair-back seating that gave fans a step up from the aluminum seats utilized elsewhere, but limited leg room between the rows diminished overall quality and comfort. Those issues were addressed with reconfigured seating, and the result was more than doubling of leg room and accessibility and vastly improved sight lines for every seat.
The same plan was implemented in Section 8, which lies below Section 3 and shares the 50-yard line view as a center point, though with slightly wider rows. The new configuration features more chair back seats, except the first three rows directly behind Furman’s bench area. The change makes for significant improvement in space for fans.
In addition to reconfigured seating in the west stands, the concrete facing that adorns every row in the east stands now sports Furman purple, a move that gives the nearly 6,000-seat section a decidedly new, pleasing view to the eye and in television broadcasts.
Fencing on both the east and west stands also boasts new wrap-around windscreens that enhance the branding of Furman Athletics.