GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's football program will take a trip down memory lane and also celebrate its 2017 squad on Saturday with a practice at Sirrine Stadium from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., followed by its annual Fan Fest from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Fluor Field in downtown Greenville.
The two-hour practice will mark the Paladins' first appearance in Sirrine Stadium since 1980, when Furman closed its 41-season history at its then-home facility with a 28-15 victory over arch-rival The Citadel that clinched the program's first outright Southern Conference championship.
"We're very excited about the opportunity to practice in Sirrine Stadium and get downtown, where so much Furman football tradition began," said first-year head coach Clay Hendrix.
Furman began play in Sirrine Stadium during the 1936 campaign — its first year as a member of the SoCon — and went on to entertain both Clemson and South Carolina there for a combined 20 games until the late 1950s.
Furman opened Paladin Stadium, its beautiful on campus facility, in 1981.
FanFest offers fans the opportunity to secure the official 2017 Furman poster and autographs and take pictures with their favorite Paladin players, as well as head coach Clay Hendrix. Other Furman athletic teams, including women's soccer, volleyball, and men's and women's cross country, will also be on hand along with the Paladin cheerleaders and Dan Scott, the "Voice of the Paladins".
Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to purchase the 2017 official FanFest t-shirt and enter to win exclusive prizes, including lunch with Furman athletics director Mike Buddie, as well as sideline passes to a 2017 Furman football game.
Tickets are $8 to the Furman section and are still available for the Furman FanFest event, which will include admission to The Greenville Drive-West Virginia Power baseball beginning at 7:05 p.m. and feature first pitch by Hendrix.
Tickets can also be purchased on Saturday at the Drive Ticket Office, located on the corner of Markley and Main Streets.
Furman kicks off its 2017 season on Sept. 2 at Wofford.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information