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Furman switching to new football playing surface

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Furman football players practice at Paladin Stadium. (File/FOX Carolina) Furman football players practice at Paladin Stadium. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (AP) -

Furman football stadium is getting a new playing surface.

The school announced Thursday that it's replacing the grass field with a PowerBlade Bolt system that will be installed before Furman opens football practice on Aug. 5. The grass field has been in use since Paladin Stadium opened in 1981.

Athletic director Gary Clark said the new surface gives the football team and new men's and women's lacrosse programs more flexibility for scheduling.

The school described the PowerBlade Bolt system as stronger and more resilient monofilament fiber for increased durability.

Installation will take about eight weeks and include 162,000 pounds of sand and 378,000 pounds of rubber infill. Sections of existing grass at Paladin Stadium have been removed for use around campus.

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