BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Football is all about protecting your own turf, and this season the Southern University Jaguars have some new turf to protect, literally!
The construction of a new artificial turf field in A.W. Mumford Stadium is nearly compete, and the school plans to unveil the fresh field during their Million Dollar March kickoff event on Wednesday.
"To have turf down is a selling point. You have something to tip your hat on," said Eric Randall, a Southern Hall of Fame quarterback. "Kids have something to be excited about, getting out there and playing."
It isn't just footballers who are excited to about new gridiron.
"The installation of a turf field aligns with the University's aim to shape a standard of excellence in our athletic endeavors," said SU System President Dr. Ray L. Belton.
Officials said the Southern University System Foundation, SMG (Management Company of the Superdome), and Baton Rouge Coca-Cola Bottling Company are credited with making the turf a reality.
The Jags will protect their new turf for the first time when they face Alabama State in their home opener on September 17 at 6 p.m.